A year after the official comeback of Ciel & Terre on the French floating solar market (previously conducted in partnership with Akuo), the FPV pioneer has already built 14.3MWp in France in 2022 with the construction of 3 floating projects with a capacity of 5MWp, 6MWp and 3.3MWp.
The company has developed a complete approach to floating solar project including the engineering of the power plant and its anchoring, the supply of the floating structure and anchoring systems, the anchoring work, the assembly of the floats and PV panels and the launching of the floating island. It has installed more than 270 power plants worldwide thus far.
Beyond supplying the floating structure, the company has expanded its associated services by developing its human and material resources and by adapting its processes to offer full support to EPCs and developers in the deployment of their projects.
The Montpezat project is installed on the lake of a former gravel pit that has ceased all operating activities and now is now rehabilitated to produce green energy. This project is developed by Amarenco and built by GenSun with the support of Ciel & Terre for the construction of the floating platform. In total, the project represents 4.8MWp and is composed of 2 parts: a ground-mounted of 1.5MWp and a floating of 3.3MWp. On this project, Ciel & Terre’s scope starts from the dimensioning of the floating platform, the anchoring system, the supply of the material, the installation of the anchors as well as the assembly of the floating platform with the solar panels.
“During the construction phase, we had to adapt to certain external events, particularly due to the extreme heat wave faced last summer in France” said Antonin Lefebvre, Construction Manager at Ciel & Terre. “Indeed, with these high temperatures, we had to adapt by adjusting the working hours starting earlier in the morning to take advantage of the cooler weather, while respecting the deadlines, i.e. a construction completion scheduled for early September.”
In addition, since the lake's extraction activity had not been operational for several years, the lake soil was harder than expected. Ciel & Terre's anchoring teams found solutions in adapting anchors and tools to allow a better penetration into the ground.
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