Ciel & Terre India, a subsidiary of Ciel & Terre International has commissioned a 5.4 MWp floating solar project at Sagardighi Thermal Power Plant in West Bengal. While Ciel & Terre India completed the plant engineering, float supply, anchoring and mooring, and supervision of the said project, it is owned by West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) and BHEL is the EPC partner. The project is in a thermal power plant reservoir and is spread over an area of 10.22 hectares. Ciel & Terre India’sHydrelio® patent Equato floats have been used for the project along with BHEL’s 16,880 solar PV panels with 320 Wp capacity.
Ciel & Terre India is presently executing a large 75 MWp floating solar project in the southern part of the country. The company also announced its recent completion of the plant engineering, float supply and supervision of the 14.7 MWp floating solar project at Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation Limited, in the latter’s water storage pond in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.It had commissioned its first pilot 452 KWp project at CIAL Cochin in 2019. In addition, it has also launched a global R&D center in Bangalore for innovative engineering and new product development activities.
The floating solar segment has emerged as a popular choice for the public as well as private sector, owing to attractive techno-commercial benefits, with a slew of projects at advanced stages of completion and more being tendered at a rapid pace.For India particularly, a vast capacity of floating solar projects can be set up at the abundant large unutilised reservoirs at hydro and thermal power plants, thereby providing synergies by using existing power evacuation and transmission systems.