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Tractebel to build 30MW floating solar project in Brazil

February 26, 2020

PV Magazine:

Engineering firm Tractebel, a unit of French energy giant Engie, will develop the basic design of three floating PV arrays with 30MW of capacity at the 52.2MW Batalha hydropower project, which is owned by Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras Furnas.

The Batalha Photovoltaic Plants (UFVs) I, II and III will feature 90,900 solar panels, Tractebel said.

Floating modules on unused hydroelectric reservoirs is a “smart” way to reduce carbon emissions, said Fabiane Ferrao, the manager of Tractebel’s renewables unit.

Brazil hosts another 1MW floating solar plant at the Sobradinho dam, a 175MW hydroelectric facility on the Sao Francisco river in Sobradinho, in the state of Bahia. The project, which will be expanded to 5MW, was launched by the company in 2016. Chesf has also installed a pilot floating PV array at the Balbina dam, a hydroelectric facility and power station on the Uatuma River in the Amazon rainforest.

Floating PV presents a particular advantage in Brazil, as the modules and floating mounting structures could help to reduce evaporation from already challenged water reservoirs, while also bolstering electricity supply in times of drought.

[Emiliano Bellini]

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