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ÅF implements floating solar power in Vietnam

Until present, solar panels have primarily been installed on land. Now ÅF has been tasked with implementing a floating solar power installation in southeast Vietnam.

ÅF will participate in a project to create a floating solar power installation for the Da Mi reservoir in southeast Vietnam. The project, which will run until the end of 2019, will utilize a "clean" power source, create jobs for local people and contribute to the local economy. People's living standards will be improved.

– We're taking an important step in an exciting and innovative field of technology whilst contributing to local socio-economic development, so we are really proud of this project, says Sales Manager Javier Gala.

The advantages of floating solar power

Floating photovoltaics is a trending new technology, with an important niche usage in reservoirs and dams, where it can feed solar generated electricity into the pump systems, increasing efficiency by 10%. Also, the technology does not require land acquisition, and the body of water has a cooling effect on the panels and cables, which is particularly useful in hot climates. It also reduces water evaporation and the growth of algae.

– The water level variation at the Da Mi reservoir is very small, only about two metres, so reinforcing the racks for solar panel installation will be relatively simple. Floating projects on reservoirs are often very efficient because of the cooling effect that the water has on the PV panels, says Javier Gala.

A milestone for ÅF

The project will entail the installation of solar panels on 57 hectares of the reservoir with a total capacity of 47.5 MWp, generating 69 million kWh of electricity in the first year of operation, scheduled for 2019.

– This is a milestone for ÅF and it will not only open doors for us to do more solar business - it will position ÅF as an important player in this new market, says Javier Gala.

The assignment will contain:

  • EPC Negotiation
  • Design Review
  • Construction Supervision
  • Capacity Building