The Australian solar power company, Sunengy Pty Limited, is to establish the first floating solar power plant in India as a pilot project in association with Tata Power.
The floating solar energy plant will use "liquid solar array" technology, invented by Phil Conor, executive director of Sunengy. This uses normal concentrated photovoltaic solar tracking technology floating on water. This water is used to cool the cells, which increases their efficiency and lifespan and reduces the need for expensive supporting structures. The equipment is protected from high winds and other bad weather by being submerged under the water.
The floating solar plant will be established on one of six hydroelectic reservoir lakes around Pune near Mumbai. Construction will commence in August.
Other companies trialling floating solar power plants include SPG Solar in California and Solaris Synergy in Israel.