Europe’s largest floating solar farm is ready to come online in Portugal

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Europe’s largest floating star workplace – which is connected the Alqueva hydroelectric dam’s reservoir successful Portugal – is acceptable to nutrient powerfulness successful July.

Europe’s largest floating star farm

The Alqueva reservoir is Western Europe’s largest artificial lake, and the Alqueva Dam is connected the Guadiana River, 1 of the longest successful the Iberian Peninsula. The dam is successful Alentejo, which is successful confederate Portugal, adjacent the Spanish border.

The floating star farm, the size of 4 shot fields, is made up of 12,000 star panels that volition make 7.5 gigawatt-hours annually and volition besides beryllium paired with lithium batteries that tin store 2 GWh. It volition beryllium capable to powerfulness astir 1,500 households. EDP, Portugal’s main inferior company, built the floating star farm.

The chill happening astir floating star farms connected hydropower reservoirs is that they tin beryllium connected to existing links to the powerfulness grid. And arsenic Reuters points out, “Excess powerfulness generated connected sunny days tin pump h2o up into the water to beryllium stored for usage connected cloudy days oregon astatine night.”

The Alqueva floating star workplace is furthering EDP’s program to scope nett zero by 2030. Renewables, including hydropower, present marque up 78% of EDP’s 25.6 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity.

EDP volition grow the Alqueva floating star workplace because, past month, it secured the close to physique a second, 70-MW installed capableness floating workplace there.

In 2017, EDP installed an 840-panel aviator floating star workplace connected the Alto Rabagão Dam. It was the archetypal task successful Europe that tested the pairing of hydro and star power.

Portugal presently relies connected Russia for around 10% of its earthy gas, and this caller floating star workplace volition trim that dependency.

Read more: Portugal brings guardant 80% cleanable vigor people to 2026 from 2030

Photo: EDP

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