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Country’s biggest floating solar plant to come up at Manipur’s Loktak Lake

With the country’s first floating solar power panel installed at a waterbody in Rajarhat New Town by the city based Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy already yielding encouraging results, the institute has been engaged by the Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA) to work as a consultant for installing a 100KWP floating solar power plant at Loktak Lake in Manipur that would become the country’s largest and only second floating solar panel installation.

Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in North East India. The floating solar panel will be installed at the lake near the Sendra tourist resort of Loktak Lake. The project is to be implemented under the programme for off-grid and decentralized solar applications of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

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MANIREDA sent a letter to the NB Institute for Rural Technology (NBIRT) which is headed by solar power expert S.P Gan Chaudhuri on May 26. Gan Chaudhuri said that the Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy that comes under NBIRT will give technical assistance to the floating solar panel installation project in Loktak Lake in Manipur.

“It will be the country’s largest floating solar panel installation with 100 KWP capacity. The floating solar panel at Rajarhat is of 10KWP capacity. This is a giant leap towards developing more and more floating solar panel installations in the country. Only two other countries in the world- Japan and Australia ,” Gan Chaudhuri said. Arka Ignou renewable energy collage will be working in fixing the detail design parameters, drawings, specfications and will also assist MANIREDA in finalization of tender and issue of work order.


2 thoughts on “Country’s biggest floating solar plant to come up at Manipur’s Loktak Lake

  • July 2, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    All of floating solar power systems are wonderful ideas. And it’s very important to maintain effectively same direction and position on the water for floating solar plants. Because directional change of solar panels reduces electricity production. So floating solar plants also need the directional control mooring systems for their parked positions. Azimuth and position change of floating solar plants caused by wind, waves and external forces. Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring System for floating solar plants has been created in South Korea. This Mooring System generates Restoring Force immediately when floating solar plants are being rotated or moved on the water.

    In addition, you have to reduce vibration to install floating solar plants. Because, it can make micro-cracks to floating solar panels and the durability problem of floating solar plants. The risk of power loss in PV modules due to micro cracks is increasing. Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Type Floating Body Stabilizer has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when floating solar plants are being rolled, pitched and yawed on the water. Recently, Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring Systems and Floating Body Stabilizers have been used for floating solar plants in South Korea. You can see them in Ochang Dam natural reservoir, South Korea. I N I WORLD

    • July 2, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Kim, as you know that world has moved forward to avail solar energy due to carbon emission and others. It has to go long way in coming future and we will come across lot of technology improvement in this areana….

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