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SCRIPT: How do you generate enough power for millions of people when you only have a tiny amount of land to work with? It’s a problem Singapore is very familiar with – and now an innovative new technology aims to find a solution. A huge bed of solar panels…floating in the water. Just this test-bed will generate energy for 250 households without using up any land space. SOUNDBITE, Kavita Gandhi, Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (English, 19 sec): “We are indeed very very pleased to see this world’s largest floating PV test-bed being executed in Singapore. Singapore as you know is a land-scarce country, and this gives us another avenue, besides rooftops, to also produce solar electricity." The solar platforms are designed to be naturally cooled by the water beneath, which increases the efficiency of the panels by more than 10 percent compared to those on land. Meanwhile, the panels help prevent water evaporation, something that's a huge problem for Singapore. The installation depends on critical power inverters, including those supplied by ABB, which convert the direct current generated into alternating current that can be used by the power grid. SOUNDBITE, Luke, Phoenix Solar: “Five years ago, this floating PV barely existed, actually. We see this as being a very big growth area for land-constrained areas, microgrids, island systems, maybe there’s some high-value farmland that you don’t want to disrupt with PV…so we really see this as a big growth area.” SOUNDBITE, Vincent Wiguna, Engineer, ABB: “It’s a system that could potentially have a huge impact in terms of solar implementation worldwide, because especially in a place which is land-scarce like Singapore or other islands in the Pacific ocean, for example, the same system can actually be implemented on water bodies such as lakes, seas and reservoirs." The one-megawatt test bed is the largest ever assembled on water. And many could be keeping an eye on how it performs. As countries around the world assess the potential impact of climate change and booming populations, engineers say this technology could be part of the solution for a world going through an energy revolution. 00:00-00:14 timelapse Singapore skyline at night (SOURCE: MDOOLARD) 00:14-02:19 GVs floating solar test-bed (SOURCE: ABB
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