To meet the increasing global demand for electricity, the planet’s various governments will need to commission more power plants over the next few decades. So that the various climate targets are not torpedoed, primarily sustainable energy sources should be used. China is leading the way and launching the world’s largest floating solar farm.
The huge plant went into operation in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. With an output of 320 megawatts, the project is the largest on our planet. The specific location of the farm is interesting, as it is right next to a coal-fired power plant. Clean meets dirty.
The floating solar system is connected to a wind farm with an output of 100 megawatts, an 8 megawatt-hour battery stores excess energy from the system and feeds it back into the power grid when required.
Overall, the construction of the plant took several years, the first stage (battery) was already completed in 2020. The second section took a little longer, and the last construction work was only completed in the last quarter of 2021. In total, the project generates around 550 million kilowatt hours per year.
Even if the dimensions of the Chinese project are unbelievable, the title of the world’s largest plant is only a temporary success. An even larger power plant is scheduled to go into operation in India as early as 2023, where the floating solar system will achieve an output of around 600 megawatts.