The country’s largest floating solar plant with a capacity of 100 MW will be inaugurated at the Kayamkulam Thermal Power plant on Monday. The project will be commissioned at 9:30 am on Friday by the NTPC technical director A K Jha.
The plastic panels used in the project were specially designed for the purpose over a period of one-and-a-half years by an alliance involving the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology and NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance.These have been spread over the 23-acre wide fresh water reservoir used to store water for the thermal power plant.
The project implemented under the Make in India scheme will soon be spread to cover the other thermal power plants operated by the corporation.At the advanced stages the project is expected to generate 800 MW of energy, double the installed capacity of the corporation currently.
The plastic panels were spread over the reservoir in 22 days. The programme entails great benefits as it involves no new land acquisition or deforestation.It also reduces the evaporation of the stored water. Currently the power generated will be used in the power plant itself till commercial scale production begins. There are also plans to cover larger areas in and around Kayamkulam under the project.