State owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has successfully commissioned India’s largest, 25 megawatt (MW) floating solar plant, at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh.
“BHEL has successfully commissioned India’s largest Floating Solar PV plant. Notably, with its unique state-of-the-art design, the project is an engineering marvel,” said the company statement.
BHEL said its scope of work in the project included design, engineering, procurement and construction of the solar project, which has been executed by the company’s recently formed Solar Business Division.
The floating special purpose vehicle (SPV) project is spread over an area of 100 acres. It will result in a higher yield as compared to conventional ground-mounted projects due to the cooling effect and will reduce water evaporation by providing shade to the covered area, according to the official company release.
The release further added that BHEL’s portfolio of floating solar projects is the largest in the country with more than 45 MW projects commissioned and about 107 MW under execution.
The company has designed an innovative floating array to meet the anchoring requirement of the support structures without touching or loading, either the reservoir floor or the bund structure.
“This complex module array has been designed – for the first time in India – to withstand gusts of wind up to 180 km per hour. In view of the coastal location of the project site that leads to severe corrosion, all the platform structures and other equipment have been made corrosion-resistant,” the release noted.
BHEL has an overall EPC portfolio of more than 1.2 gigawatt (GW) and offers solutions for both grid-interactive and off-grid, ground-mounted, rooftop, floating and canal top solar plants. It also manufactures space-grade solar panels and batteries for space applications.