Quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL is to be technical advisor to Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, for a 50 MW floating solar photovoltaic project on the Tengeh Reservoir.
The plant is due to be completed in 2021, when it will be among the largest single floating solar systems in the world.
The project is south-east Asia’s biggest public tender for floating PV to date and will feature both conventional and renewable energy components.
DNV GL will support PUB throughout the tender preparation, bidding, design, construction and operational phases of the project, which will power the reservoir’s water treatment facilities, eliminating 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Despite having limited renewable options, Singapore has made firm commitments to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and solar is the country’s most viable clean energy source.
In such a densely populated country, the emerging technology of floating PV offers an attractive way to optimize the use of space while increasing the level of green energy.
Nicolas Renon, executive vice-president for Asia Pacific at DNV GL – Energy, said that the scale of the Tengeh Reservoir project “makes it an important milestone in the development of this rapidly emerging technology. We are looking forward to bringing our expertise across various forms of energy generation to this project and support the Singaporean government in meeting its ambitious solar generation targets.”
This story originally appeared on our sister-site, Power Engineering International.