Space is limited in Singapore, but the country needs to find a more sustainable way to meet the energy needs of its residents. So, they are planning to build a giant floating solar farm, the largest of its kind. The project is being managed by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore.
"The vast majority of photovoltaic installations in Singapore will obviously be on rooftops, but even those are limited,” Thomas Reindl, deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute, told Fast Company. “Alternative areas have been explored, and one of the most promising options is inland water reservoirs.”
The goal is to produce 3.3-4 gigawatt hours of solar energy each year. They are beginning the process by testing 10 designs that have the potential to be expanded into full power plants. Eventually, the solar farm could also produce clean drinking water.
“Singapore is already one of the major hubs for offshore floating platforms for the marine and oil industries,” Reindl said. “Combining that expertise with solar could also end up in offshore floating PV systems, or even energy islands that generate energy from various sources like solar, wind, and ocean currents.”
Other companies in Singapore are working on similar projects, with the largest setback being finding a way to ensure the benefits out way the costs.