Gigatech Solutions for Gigaton Problems: Floating Solar Practice and Potential

08 June 2018
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Metro Manila,


While nascent, floating solar PV is expected to grow rapidly due to certain key advantages, including avoided land-use
competition through utilizing space on freshwater reservoirs, and providing complementarity with hydropower production
in terms of hybrid operation and reducing evaporation. In some countries such as Korea, Japan and China, large-scale
commercial floating solar installations have been built - China’s 40 MW installation in Anhui Province is considered the
largest floating solar power plant in the world, and was successfully connected to the grid in May 2017.
For Asia-Pacific countries, there is significant near-term potential for floating solar PV in inland fresh water sites, as well
as in the future commercialization of systems for brackish and marine waters. However, much like ground-mounted
solar, grid parity remains a challenge in some countries. In addition, operational and environmental viability must be
carefully considered. Knowledge exchange and initiatives to address technical and non-technical barriers, such as pilot
projects, will be crucial in these early stages.



WORKSHOP CHAIR: Cindy Tiangco, Senior Energy Specialist ADB

9.00-9.10 - Opening Remarks: Yongping Zhai, Chief of Energy Sector Group of ADB

9.10-9.45 - Session 1: The early days – historical development and technology testing

Moderator: Cindy Tiangco, ADB Central & West Asia Energy Division
Global Development through 2017, L. Pacudan, ADB CWRD Consultant
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) testbed operations; Thomas Reindl, SERIS.

 9.45-10.45 - Session 2: Scaling up (part 1)

40 MW and larger plants in PRC -- Simon Li, Trina Solar
Singapore’s Floating Solar Program -- Atem Ramsundersingh, CEO, WEnergy
Bangladesh’s Outlook for Floating Solar – Rahamat Ullah Mohd. Dastagir, Additional Secretary,
Planning and Renewable Energy, Power Division
Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh

 10.45-11.00 - Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 - Session 3: Scaling up (part 2)

Central Asia ADB Regional TA -- Cindy Tiangco ADB CWRD
Bangladesh RE Development Project -- Hongwei Zhang, ADB SAEN
Technology Development -- Ciel et Terre, Harold Meurisse
Market prospects -- Frank Haugwitz, AECEA

12.30-14.00 - Lunch

14.00-15.30 - Session 4: Scaling up (part 3)

Akanksha Chaurey, IT Power Ltd.
Global Perspective – K.K. Sharma, International Solar Alliance
India’s 10 GW Initiative - S.K. Mishra, Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI)
India’s program: engineering perspective – Ravi Rama, SJ Renewables
Developer’s Views from Europe and Asia -- Luc Leenknegt and Jerome Flament , PerPetum Smart
Energy Solutions

15.30-17.00 - Session 5: Anticipated future developments including marine applications

Dan Millison, Transcendergy LLC
Virtual pumped storage & combined cycle hydropower -- Sasank Goli, Ecogy Cleantech
Floating Solar and Low-Cost Energy Storage for Developing and Threshold Countries --
Hans-Henning Judek, JE Access
E-Kettuvallam Solar Houseboats – Itty Varugis, Team Sustain
Floating tidal instream energy – Jason Hayman, Sustainable Marine Energy lk9jmi’