China has switched on the world’s largest floating solar power plant
With Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement there is still hope for our planet with China investing more each year in wind, hydro and solar power than any other country on earth.
China may have a reputation as a huge global polluter but this week it further proved its role as the global leader in renewable energy by switching on the world’s largest floating solar power plant.
The facility in question is located in the city of Huainan, in China’s eastern Anhui province. It has a capacity of 40 megawatts (MW), enough to power a small town. The plant floats over a flooded former coal-mining region which is a nice nod to the past and symbol to China’s comment to the future of renewable energy.
The benefits to ocean’s floating solar panels are a many with the ocean cooling the solar panels down making them more efficient as well as not using valuable space on land.
China is pushing towards becoming the world’s green energy superpower which is encouraging given it is most populated country on the planet facing high levels of air pollution, which is estimated to kill 1.1 million people annually in the country.