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Brazil to debut solar pilot program to augment hydropower

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Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that it will begin a pilot photovoltaic program to relieve pressure on the nation's hydroelectric plants.
Brazil to debut solar pilot program to augment hydropower

Speaking to reporters in Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Braga, the nation's mine and energy minister, said, “We are adding technological innovation, more transmission lines, diversifying our energy generation source, introducing solar energy in a more vigorous manner and combining solar energy with hydroelectric energy."

He continued: "We are preparing ourselves to win the challenge in 2015 and be able to deliver a model and a electric system starting in 2016 which will be cheaper, more secure and with greater technological innovation.”

 According to a statement on the agency's website, the pilot program will use floating solar panels, similar to those already adopted in the United States and Europe.

The Balbina Hydroelectric Reservoir in the state of Amazonas will be the first reservoir tested with the floating solar panels.

Hydroelectric plants currently make up more than seventy percent of Brazil’s energy mix; other major sources of energy include biomass and natural gas.

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Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy

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Minwoo Kim
Floating solar power systems are wonderful ideas for Brazil. And it’s very important to maintain effectively same direction and position on the water for floating solar plants. Because directional change of solar panels reduces electricity production. So floating solar plants also need the directional control mooring systems for their parked positions. Azimuth and position change of floating solar plants caused by wind, waves and external forces. Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring System for floating solar plants has been created in South Korea. This Mooring System generates Restoring Force immediately when floating solar plants are being rotated or moved on the water. In addition, you have to reduce vibration to install floating solar plants. Because, it can make micro-cracks to floating solar panels and the durability problem of floating solar plants. The risk of power loss in PV modules due to micro cracks is increasing. Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Type Floating Body Stabilizer has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when floating solar plants are being rolled, pitched and yawed on the water. Recently, Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring Systems and Floating Body Stabilizers have been used for floating solar plants in South Korea. You can see them in Ochang Dam natural reservoir, South Korea. I N I WORLD
Minwoo Kim
It’s very important to maintain effectively same direction and position on the water for floating solar plants. Because directional change of solar panels reduces electricity production. So Floating solar plants also need the directional control mooring systems for their parked positions. Azimuth and position change of floating solar plants caused by wind, waves and external forces. Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring System for floating solar plants has been created in South Korea. The Mooring System generates Restoring Force immediately when Floating solar plants are being rotated or moved on the water. Recently, this Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring Systems have been used in South Korea. You can see the Restoring Force Strengthened Mooring System in Ochang Dam, South Korea. I N I WORLD