Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned India's largest floating solar PV system. The 25 MW floating SPV project is located at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh and covers an area of 100 acres. Not only will the project produce clean electricity, but it will also reduce water evaporation by shading the covered area. Due to the cooling effect, it will also have a higher yield compared to traditional open space projects.
The floating solar project is to be built as part of the Flexibilization Scheme, which was notified by the Indian government in 2018.
BHEL has developed an innovative floating array to meet the unique requirement of anchoring the support structures without touching or straining the storage floor or pelvic structure.
This complex module field was constructed – for the first time in India – in such a way that it can withstand wind gusts of up to 180 km / h. Due to the location of the project site close to the coast, which leads to severe corrosion, all platform structures and other equipment have been made corrosion-resistant.
BHEL's scope of work on the project included the design, engineering, procurement and construction of the solar project and was carried out by the newly established Solar Business Division.
The BHEL portfolio of floating SPV projects is the largest in the country, with more than 45 MW commissioned and around 107 MW under construction.
BHEL is the leading EPC player in the solar industry in India with a total EPC portfolio of more than 1.2 GW. The company offers EPC solutions for both grid-interactive and grid-independent, open space, roof, floating and canal top solar systems.
In addition, BHEL also produces space-compatible solar modules and batteries for space applications.
Supported by a dedicated and dedicated core engineering team, BHEL has in-house capabilities for the full range of high quality solar PV products such as solar cells, solar modules, solar inverters and transformers, etc. from India's AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. This groundbreaking achievement is an important step towards self-sufficiency in floating solar technology.
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