Ciel & Terre India Completes One-of-its-Kind Floating Solar Project at Thermal Coal Reservoir in WB

Adding another feather in its cap, French floating photovoltaic (FPV) specialist Ciel & Terre International’s Indian arm has successfully completed the 5.4 MWp floating solar plant at Sagardighi Thermal Power Plant for state-owned BHEL in West Bengal (WB).

June 11, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Adding another feather in its cap, French floating photovoltaic (FPV) specialist Ciel & Terre International’s Indian arm has successfully completed the 5.4 MWp floating solar plant at Sagardighi Thermal Power Plant for state-owned BHEL in West Bengal (WB).

Engineering and manufacturing giant Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has been the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner for this project.

The project has been commissioned for the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL).

During the project life cycle, Ciel & Terre India’s scope of work includes plant engineering, float supply, anchoring and mooring, and supervision of the floating solar plant.

The company claimed that, after commissioning the WBPDCL’s floating plant now gets the unique distinction of being the world’s first FPV that is commissioned in a thermal coal reservoir - a positive way to switch from fuel to green energy.

Bengaluru-based company said that the floating solar plant, which spread over an area of 10.22 hectares, used Hydrelio® patent Equato floats, locally manufactured under “Make in India” campaign mounted 16,880 photovoltaic panels with 320 Wp capacity BHEL make.

Also, this plant will produce competitive electricity to supply around 1,000 homes and is expected to reduce over 5,838 tons of CO2 emissions.

Through this plant, WBPDCL can save more than 48 million liters of water from evaportaion, which can be used during the cooling water requirement in summers.

Following the successful commissioning of the 5.4 MWp floating solar plant, WBPDCL has floated tenders for two more floating solar projects i.e. 10 MW at Sagardighi thermal power plant and 5 MW at Santaldih thermal power plant.

WBPDCL has been setting a good example by effectively utilizing their raw water ponds in industrial thermal power plants.

Commenting on the development, Deepak Ushadevi, MD of Ciel & Terre India said that “countries like India with large scale thermal power plants can take advantage of floating solar to reduce their captive consumption, water evaporation, and save land space. WBPDCL took the very first step to initiate a floating project 3 years ago and over the years, surpassed all challenges with the help of enthusiastic & passionate project management officials from WBPDCL.”

Last month, Ciel & Terre India had also successfully completed the installation of a 14.7 MWp plant at a water storage pond of petrochemicals major Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC) in Tamil Nadu.

The company claimed that this is the largest floating solar power plant installed in the country as of now.

In 2019, it had commissioned its first pilot project of 452 KWp at CIAL Cochin.

Currently, the company has been executing a mega floating project of 75 MWp in South India and is expected to commission by October this year. Also, the Hydrelio floats are being produced at its 150 MWp/year manufacturing factory in Kerala.

Besides, Ciel & Terre International has launched a global R&D center in Bangalore this year for innovative engineering and new product development activities.

With more than a decade of solar experience, Ciel & Terre International has been indulged in implementing 1.2 GW of floating projects in 32 countries, and over 285 bankable projects executed in 5 continents.

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