The hybrid project covers 300 acres on the Sirindhorn Dam and uses 144,417 solar panels.
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Imagine if you could rely on both solar and hydropower. Wouldn’t that significantly increase your chances of energy stability? The Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand has built one of the world’s largest floating hydro-solar farms in its Ubon Ratchathani province.
The hybrid project covers 300 acres (121 hectares) on the Sirindhorn Dam and is built on a reservoir. It consists of 144,417 solar panels that together form seven solar farms capable of generating an impressive 45 MW of power.
The project also generates power from dam turbines and uses a highly specialized energy management system that switches between solar power and hydropower depending on which is most accessible at that time. the.
The hydro-solar farm can then ensure that it is operating at optimal levels regardless of the weather conditions. Finally, to ensure that the water is never contaminated, the solar farm part of the hybrid project is built from double glazed solar panels that are highly resistant to humidity.
What are the science, engineering and technology behind the solar farm? What types of turbines and solar panels does it use? Does the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand have more plans for such projects? We answer all of these questions and more in our video.