Beijing-based power company Huaneng Power International (HPI) has completed the world’s largest floating solar project in Dezhou, which is in Shandong, a province in eastern China on the Yellow Sea. The 320 megawatt (MW) project is the largest floating solar farm to come online to date.
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The world’s largest floating solar farm
Dezhou Dingzhuang floating solar farm, which is in a reservoir near a 2.65 GW HPI coal-fired power plant, is connected to a 100 MW wind farm and 8 MWh of battery storage. The three together form the Huaneng Dezhou Dingzhuang Integrated Wind and Solar Energy Storage Project. They all share an electrical infrastructure that supplies power to the grid.
PV Magazine share details:
HPI built the solar power plant in two phases with capacities of 200 MW and 120 MW, respectively. The first phase, which included the deployment of 8 MWh of storage capacity, was completed in 2020, while the second phase was completed between mid-September and the end of December. The facility is expected to generate around 550 million kWh of electricity per year, the company said, without disclosing additional technical details.
Huaneng won’t hold onto the title of “the largest” for long as a 600 MW floating solar farm is expected to be commissioned in Madhya Pradesh, India by 2023.
All the big renewables coming online anywhere, let alone in China, should be celebrated. The Chinese government has said it will not reduce coal consumption in China until 2025. Chinese President Xi Jinping said in September that China will stop building coal-fired power projects abroad. It’s awesome.
But China, which is already responsible for a whopping half of the world’s coal-fired electricity production, continues to launch new coal-fired power plants nationwide to meet its huge demand for electricity. Reuters writes:
A report released this month by researchers at the State Grid Corporation of China said energy security concerns mean the country is likely to build up to 150 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power capacity in the country. during the period 2021-2025, bringing the total to 1,230. GW.
Hopefully China continues to launch even more large renewable projects like this floating solar farm so that the wind turns and renewables can provide the electricity that China needs. Because the commissioning of new coal by 2025 is worrying.
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