Ciel & Terre India, an arm of the French floating solar specialist Ciel & Terre International, recently completed a 10.765 MWp floating solar plant for Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. This project is India’s first floating solar installation within a steel power.
The project utilized 19,936 ‘made in India’ Hydrelio aiR 1440 floats, which were carefully installed on the industrial water body. To maximize energy production, Jinergy PV panels were installed in a 4-row configuration with pure south tilt.
The plant comprises two segments, each with an array island capacity of 5.44 MWp, resulting in a cumulative capacity of 10.765 MWp.
The Hydrelio aiR 1440 floats were designed to withstand maximum wind speed as per IS 875 Part III, a crucial factor given the project’s location.
“The Tata Steel Jamshedpur project presented unique challenges right from the start. It is an industrial water body in which the floating solar plant is to be installed, Sub-bottom soil is a sludge accumulation which is a difficult condition for conventional anchoring methods. The expert team at Ciel & Terre India overcame this obstacle with innovative unique Dead Weight Anchoring,” stated Ciel & Terre India.
“Enormous concrete blocks were prepared and deployed in the water to provide stability for the floats, ensuring they remained stationary even in the presence of strong winds and waves. Material selection for such industrial areas with contaminated water is a key factor to withhold the entire system for the next 25 years.”
The project covers a total area of 42 acres, with over 19 acres dedicated to float placement. This installation equates to nearly 45% coverage of the water body, demonstrating efficient space utilization.
Ciel & Terre India already has a portfolio of 260 MWp projects, with a footprint stretching across multiple states, including Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh.
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