French floating solar specialist Ciel & Terre says it now has more than 1.5 GW of floating solar projects in the planning stages or under construction. It has already completed 280 floating solar projects in more than 30 countries, totaling 820 MW.
The French-based floating solar specialist has over 280 projects installed in over 30 countries with a total capacity of 820 MW. It installed its first megawatt-scale projects in Japan in 2013.
Its portfolio now includes a 70MW floating solar array in China, a 73.4MW project in India and an 88MW installation on a sheltered offshore in Taiwan. It is currently building an expansion of the Taiwan Changbin project, which has a target of 192 MW.
“One of the main challenges of this expansion is to manage the effects of salt water in metal parts through very careful material selection with an anti-corrosion screw set solution,” it said in a statement.
Waves and tides pose challenges for anchoring in cyclonic zones. Ciel & Terre Taiwan has developed an innovative anchoring system that distributes loads based on tide levels.
Its other projects under construction include a 120 MW installation at Cascade Basin.
“The site is actually quite challenging in terms of environmental loads, given the wave height, water depth and nature of the rocky lakebed, which are very specific to this type of dam application,” said Ciel & Terre.
The company said it plans to deliver 2 GW of cumulative floating solar capacity by 2026.