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          EGAT and B.GRIMM POWER – ENERGY CHINA CONSORTIUM signed an EPC contract to build the hydro-floating solar hybrid project at Sirindhorn Dam with the deal worth 842 million baht. The project is an important eco-friendly energy scheme that will encourage and strengthen Thailand’s security of power system.

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          Gen. Somsak Rungsita, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Defence representing EGAT Board of Directors said that the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam, Ubon Ratchathani creates synergy between solar and hydropower. It represents an important step in the development of green energy in Thailand and resolves an uncertain electricity supply from renewable energy in accordance with the Government’s renewable energy support under Power Development Plan B.E. 2561-2580 (PDP2018). The project will also help reduce dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation.

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          Mr. Thepparat Theppitak, EGAT Deputy Governor - Power Plant Development and Renewable Energy said that the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid for Sirindhorn Dam is a combination of floating solar cells that generate power from sunlight during the day and the existing hydropower of EGAT dam. The two kinds of power are controlled by the Energy Management System (EMS) that allows continuous generation of electricity and will enhance reliability of the country's overall power supply. In the future, an energy storage system would potentially be applied with the project to increase reliability for renewable energy production.

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          The solar panels selected for this 45 MW project are crystalline double glass module which is suitable for being installed on the surface of the water with high moisture. The eco-friendly HDPE plastic floating platform which is not dangerous to aquatic animals will be installed covering the surface area over 450 rai with low cost of investment by sharing facilities with the existing transmission system, transformers, and high voltage substations etc. The project is expected to complete within 12 months, and commercial operation date (COD) is scheduled in December 2020.

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          BGRIM Chairman Dr. Harald Link said that entering into this contract marks another milestone for BGRIM to demonstrate its potential in engaging all dimensions of energy development. He noted that the Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam is regarded as a major step in the development of renewable energy in Thailand. It also enables BGRIM to increase the potential and standards in the development of robust renewable energy business and serve government's policies. The participation in this project will also open up opportunities for other floating solar projects. In partnership with a global partner, Energy China, as one of the world’s largest comprehensive energy solutions and a major state owned-conglomerate of the People Republic of China has high potential and cost-effective advantages in procurement, providing with highest standard of engineering and of construction.

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