Sun seeker at sea: One of the world’s largest offshore floating solar systems will soon be soaking up the rays along the Strait of Johor – IECC

Sun seeker at sea: One of the world's largest offshore floating solar systems will soon be soaking up the rays along the Strait of Johor

One of the world’s largest offshore floating solar systems will soon be soaking up the rays along the Strait of Johor, north of Woodlands Waterfront Park.

Developed by sustainable energy provider Sunseap Group, the 5MW-peak system will generate about 6,388MW-hours of renewable energy annually, equivalent to powering about 1,250 four-room flats, with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of about 2,600 tonnes every year.

The 5ha system will soon be installed, and is set to be completed later this year.

In land-scarce Singapore, the success of a sea-based floating photovoltaic system could lead the way for more such projects to tap energy from the sun here and in the region.

While floating panels are more expensive to install, they are more efficient because the water’s cooling effect helps reduce thermal losses and extends their life, say experts.

Said Sunseap’s chief executive and executive director Frank Phuan: “Sunseap is actively looking for alternative areas to extend the overall deployment of solar systems in Singapore.

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