China is now the home to the world’s largest floating solar power plant. According to techstory.in, the power plant is now operational in Eastern China’s Huainan city in the Anhui province. The report states that the power plant that has the capacity of 40MW has been set up on a reservoir near a coal mine. This is more than timely as air pollution in China is reported to be causing an estimated of 1.1 million deaths every year and one of the major reasons for this are the emissions from power plants, factories and automobiles. According to the report, China plans to close down polluting factories and thermal power plants which use coal as fuel. Earlier in March, China had canceled the plans to construct 103 coal-fired thermal power plants of a combined capacity to generate up to 120GW.
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Sungrow, one of the leading suppliers of the photovoltaic inverter systems across the globe is known to have set up the said floating power plant that has already started providing 40MW of power to the city of Huainan. The solar panels have been assembled on a floating container, which is used as a base as well as a ground for the engineers to walk on. Floating power plants are better options as they could be set up on water bodies. They can be set up near cities where power consumption was more than the available quantity. They also help in reducing the transmission losses.
Although largely useful, these power plants also have a few risks, that could only be answered about until these plants stand the test of time. Due to being on water bodies, the excessive humidity might cause rust to the metal easily. Although, the company has claimed that the plant has been designed specifically to function in the said environment. There is also another concern regarding these plants blocking the sunlight access to plants and animals under the water bodies.