Thailand constructs a floating solar farm with hybrid system

Thailand has pushed itself into clean and green energy through the construction of a floating solar farm.

The installation covers 720,000 square metres of water surface. It is a hybrid system that converts sunlight to electricity by day and generates hydropower at night.

The Sirindhorn dam project is located in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani.

It has been regarded as the "world's largest floating hydro-solar farm", which is the first of 15 such farms Thailand plans to build by 2037.

The has more than 144,000 solar cells, which can generate 45 MW of electricity.

Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) deputy governor Prasertsak Cherngchawano, was quoted in a report, "We can claim that through 45 megawatts combined with hydropower and energy management system for solar and hydro powers, this is the first and biggest project in the world."

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has set the target of carbon neutrality by 2050 followed by a net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2065.

According to EGAT, it plans to install floating hydro-solar farms in 15 more dams across Thailand by 2037.

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