August 6, 2019: Petrochemical firm Chemicals Business, SCG and floating solar company Ciel & Terre have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a floating solar system for hydro dams in Thailand, the companies announced on July 19.
The floating solar systems can be combined with hydropower dams to create energy-generating hybrid systems, and floating solar installations can use existing substations, transmission lines and other infrastructure to boost the energy yield hydro dams.
Periods of low water availability can be compensated by floating solar systems in a hybrid system, allowing the hydropower plant to operate in peaking rather than baseload mode.
“SCG is totally committed to innovation for sustainability,” said Suracha Udomsak, chief technology officer at Chemicals Business SCG. “We are always striving to innovate our polymer performance and its application with our R&D activities and networks globally,
“With Ciel & Terre, we will provide the best floating pontoon system for floating solar photovoltaics installation.”
“Thailand has been a promising market for Ciel & Terre, a country where the solar industry is in demand of cost competitiveness without compromising the safety and quality of the PV installation,” said Ciel & Terre CEO Harold Meurisse.
“Partnering with SCG combines the best of two worlds, polymer and floating solar experts, to embrace the major opportunity of hybridization of a floating solar system with a hydroelectric dam.”