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【最大漂浮太阳能电场在英建成】该电场位于伦敦女王伊丽莎白二世水库,利用23000块光伏电池板进行发电,峰值总装量为6.3兆瓦,可应付约1800户家庭使用。此外,该电场采用浮动电板可让水加速其冷却。据悉,制造商耗费3月,花费6百万英镑建造了这一电厂。

World's largest FLOATING solar farm built on UK reservoir: Structure has 23,000 panels and can power 1,800 homes

  • The array on a reservoir at Walton-on-Thames has 23,046 solar panels
  • At a cost of £6million, the solar farm has taken three months to build 
  • Its makers claim it can generate enough electricity to power 1,800 homes
  • An advantage of floating panels is that the water cools the array

The world's biggest floating solar farm has been built on a reservoir in Britain.

Built on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir in Walton-on-Thames, the array features 23,046 solar panels and measures 57,500 square metres (618,925 square feet) in size.

The panels are not visible from the road, and the only way to see them is if you are flying above them from nearby Heathrow Airport, or live in a high rise block nearby.

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The reservoir is run by Thames Water and the farm is being funded and operated by solar energy company Lightsource.

At a cost of £6 million, the farm has taken three months to build could generate enough electricity to power 1,800 homes - a peak power output of 6.3 megawatts.

The panels cover around 10 per cent of the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir and are not considered to have any major environmental impact, as the reservoir is primarily aimed at supplying drinking water.

An advantage of floating panels is that the water has the welcome benefit of helping to cool the array.

Unlike on land, the solar panels here did not require any planning permission, and they have the added advantage that their installation does not result in any agricultural being lost.

Keeping the pontoons of solar panels buoyant are 61,000 floats and 177 anchors.

The power will be used by Thames Water to power its water treatment plants.

A similar floating farm is to be built on a reservoir by United Utilities in Manchester.

But the world record will not remain in British hands for long.

The Japanese are building a floating reservoir in Japan that will be twice the size of the QEII array when completed in 2018.

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The floating array on Yamakura Dam in Chiba Prefecture, which will measure 180,000 sq m when completed.

Since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Japan has created a number of solar farms on water as it has turned away from nuclear power, and land is in short supply.

Despite their large size even the biggest floating farm is dwarfed by land based solar farms - the proposed plant in Japan would not make the top 100 biggest land based solar farms in the world.

原文链接:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3509553/World-s-largest-FLOATING-solar-farm-built-UK-reservoir-Structure-23-000-panels-power-1-800-homes.html


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