2nd Annual Floating Solar PV Forum

Hybrid Operation of FPV- and Hydropower Plants

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Hybrid Operation of FPV- and Hydropower Plants


The floating PV-hydropower hybrid systems are becoming increasingly widespread. These FPV-hydropower hybrid systems are beneficial for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is that they provide a dual source of energy, needed for enhanced power output from hydropower reservoirs, and are a cost-effective alternative to ground-mounted PV systems. No wonder Chinese officials have been proposing to increase their country's usage of Floating PV in a similar manner.

Although this method has lots of possibilities, there are also challenges such as strong winds and shading effects caused by trees and buildings due to the sloppy environment which will adversely affect the productivity of the energy system as a whole. However, these factors can be reduced simply by applying the right design technology and installation of generators so as to generate a constant flow of power supply.


Benefits of FPV-Hydropower 


The application of FPV systems plus Hydropower reservoirs is still in the emerging phase, but it has its own possibilities and benefits which include:


  1. Optimization of power output: The hybrid system will improve in its power quality thereby increasing the utilization of the existing Hydropower system structure, this will curtail unnecessary wastages and generate more power supply.

  2. Environmental bene?ts: If FPV- Hydropower hybrid systems are developed and managed well, water will be conserved due to a reduction in most hydropower operations and water evaporation.  

  3. Cost-effective: The merging of FPV-Hydropower hybrid systems is a cost-effective method as the FPV already has an existing Structure to perform with. The maintenance cost is also minimized even with an improved power system due to the dual power combination mechanism. 


In conclusion, many benefits and innovations will manifest in the FPV- Hydropower hybrid system applications in the future. Optimal tools and techniques that will take the application of the advanced hybrid system to a greater height in the Energy market as there are still some hindering factors opposing the development and operations of the hybrid system which include technical, economic, environmental, social, regulatory, and cultural problems.


Do you want to learn more about this? Then, attend the 2nd Annual Floating Solar PV Forum


We are excited to announce that Erik Marstein, Centre Director/ Chief Scientist, IFE will present a case study on “Hybrid Operation of FPV and Hydropower Plant” at the 2nd Annual Floating Solar PV Forum on the 28th - 29th of June 2022. Don’t miss your chance to register and gain insight from other industry leaders!

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Erik Marstein will be one of our expert speakers!


Centre Director/Chief Scientist

Experienced scientist working with PV at IFE since 2003 and Adjoint Professor in Solar Cell Technology at the University of Oslo (UiO), where he have developed and held courses and supervised since 2004. Long track record of project development and management, including 13 consecutive years of experience directing large, national Research Centers. Currently Center Director of the Research Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology (FME SUSOLTECH). Group leader of Utility-scale PV power plants at the Department of Solar Power Systems, IFE. Educated as a PhD in Physics focussing on nanostructured silicon materials for advanced optoelectronic devices at the University of Oslo (UiO). Most passionate about industry-near R&D and innovation.

2nd Annual Floating Solar PV Forum

2nd Annual Floating Solar PV Forum

Steigenberger Airport Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands Hybrid Event
28th - 29th June, 2022
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Floating solar PV is an emerging technology with the potential for rapid growth. The demand for floating solar PV is expanding, especially on islands as the cost of the water surface is generally lower than the cost of land. Currently, most activity on floating PV relates to freshwater artificial reservoirs. Notwithstanding, the combined use of offshore solar PV with offshore wind is possible, because the solar panels can float between the wind turbines at sea, resulting in a hybrid system that can provide more stable power for the grid

2nd Annual Floating Solar PV Forum will take place as a two-days summit and will explore the global importance of floating solar. The event will unite policy makers and top thought leadership on one stage and unfurl the green recovery playbook. It will greatly explore the most lucrative opportunities that awaits in the renewable energy sector, whether it be the expansion of infrastructure, the electrification of end use sectors or decarbonising the way we do business, therefore, charting the path for the energy majors of tomorrow.