Speaking of energy,… the world′s first
solar plant constructed over water has started operations here in Korea.
The local developers say… similar plants like this one… could one day make waves
in the global energy market. Our Sohn Jung-in takes us to the plant.
This is the world′s first rotating, solar power plant on water.
Unlike other conventional solar facilities that are fixed on land, this module is designed
to move along with the movement of the sun during the day, which increases energy-efficiency
by 22 percent. The floating plant in Anseong, Gyeonggi-do
Province consists of 16-hundred panels that can produce 2-thousand kilowatts of energy
per day,… which is enough to supply about 200 households.
The concept of movable solar panels is not new, but other versions consume a great amount
of energy to rotate. This one does not.
“Using water buoyancy, two motor engines are enough to operate an 8-thousand square meter
generator that follows the sun′s movement to maximize efficiency.”
The installation can withstand winds of 50 meters per second and can adjust its level
depending on water level changes. Water fountains around the module are designed
to lower the temperature of the water to prevent outbreaks of algae, while also providing a
beautiful lighting attraction at night. Researchers estimate that if rotating floating
power plants are set up in a quarter of the total surface of reservoirs nationwide, it
would generate over 5-thousand kilowatts per hour, providing a possible breakthrough in
the country′s power shortage. Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.
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