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World’s largest floating solar park to be built in Singapore

Solar farms installed in agricultural areas and solar panels fitted to the roofs of buildings are no longer a rarity these days. Their efficiency, however, is not optimal, and occupying crop land isn’t a very practical solution, either. In China and Singapore, attempts are being made to maximize the production of renewable energy by using waterborne, floating photovoltaic power generation systems.

In recent years, floating solar parks on water reservoirs to supply energy have become increasingly common. In contrast with roof-mounted solar panels, there is nothing to cast a shadow to limit exposure to the sun, while the reflexivity and cooling effect of the water increases the efficiency of the solar panels.

The output of solar plants can be increased by 5–15% by installing them on water rather than land.

Mr Masagos Zulkifli, the country’s minister for the environment and water resources has recently announced that by 2021, they will build the world’s largest floating solar park. Experimental projects were began at Tengeh Reservoir in 2016, followed by engineering and environmental protection studies in 2017.

According to the results
of the research, the solar power plant would have a minimal impact on the environment and water quality, so extension of the floating solar plant
has continued, and it is planned that the park, initially of 1 MWp capacity, will be upgraded to 50 MWp.

The installation of additional 50 MWp systems is planned in the future, while at Kranji Reservoir, a 100 MWp system could be built, which would produce the annual energy requirement of
27,000 four-person families, resulting in a 52 kilotonne reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the removal of 11,200 cars from the roads each year.

Experimental solar park floating on a reservoir in Singapore Photo: PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency
Further information: PUB

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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