New Delhi: Tata Power Ties Up With Australia’s Sunengy For solar project India’s Tata Power Ltd. Tuesday said it has entered into a partnership with Australia’s Sunengy Pty Ltd. for a pilot project to build a low-cost, solar powered plant that will float on water.
“Liquid Solar Array effectively turns a dam into a very large battery, offering free solar storage and opportunity for improved water resource management. If India uses just one percent of its 30,000 square kilometres of captured water with our system, we can generate power equivalent to 15 large coal-fired power stations,” Phil Connor, Sunengy’s executive director and chief technology officer said in a joint statement. Sunengy is a private company incorporated in 2005 out of Sydney and has developed and patented liquid solar array technology.
Construction of the pilot plant will begin by August 2011, the statement said.
Liquid Solar Arrays uses traditional concentrated photovoltaic technology - a lens and a small area of solar cells that tracks the sun throughout the day. Floating the liquid solar array on water reduces the need for supporting structures and offers protection from high winds. In bad weather, the lenses submerge in water and also cools the cells increasing their life span and efficiency.
Sunengy’s chairman Peter Wakeman also said that the primary market for liquid solar arrays is the provision of industrial scale electricity via hydropower facilities and other markets like mining sites or remote communities that rely on diesel power generators.