Hevel Group completed construction of the first floating solar power plant in Russia built on a reservoir at the largest hydropower plant in Far East region.
140 solar panels are mounted on pontoon-type floats. The system’s flexibility is ensured by a special connection scheme of floating modules and designed to withstand several meters in water level differential and waves.
Special construction of buoyant pontoons reduces construction time and increases its mobility. The PV plant can be dismantled in the shortest period and transported to any part of the reservoir.
The floating solar plant can feed into the grid or be operated in stand-alone mode due to installed storage batteries. The annual output of the plant is estimated at 53,5 thousand kWh.
Hevel commissioned first stage of the 1.2 MW solar plant at the site of the SPP in December 2019. In July 2020 Hevel Group and PJSC RusHydro announced end of the power plant performance testing. In six months PV system generated 558,7 thousand kWh. The SPP covered significant amount of the hydro power plant’s electricity demand that helped to increase the net electricity supply into the grid and improve the efficiency of the HPP.
The largest European HJT solar cell and module manufacturer Hevel Group started construction of several off-grid solar PV plants in Russia’s Far East. Three stand alone solar power systems with capacity of 1,3 MW will supply electricity to rural villages. Hybrid diesel-solar plants paired with battery storage are designed to reduce consumption of diesel fuel by up to 500 tonnes in the first year after commissioning.
Hevel also plans to complete construction works on another 2.5 MW off-grid solar PV project in Siberian Krasnoyarsk region till the end of 2020. The solar power plant, combined with three diesel power stations and a 450 kWh storage system will become the largest off-grid PV project in Russia.
Earlier this year in the southern Ural region Hevel commissioned 10 MW solar plant backed by an 8 MWh battery storage system. The solar-plus-storage facility operates as stand-alone PV system connected to the grid. The hybrid solar plant is designed to improve the larger grid’s resilience and switches to stand-alone mode in an emergency power outage.
Hevel Group and PJSC RusHydro have completed the power plant performance testing at the first Russia’s solar power plant built at the site of the largest hydro plant in Far East region. In six months PV system generated 558,7 thousand kWh. The SPP covered significant amount of the hydro power plant’s electricity demand that helped to increase the net electricity supply into the grid and improve the efficiency of the HPP. Based on the data obtained during the trial operation PV plant was certified for commercial operation. Construction works at 1.2 MW PV plant were completed in December 2019.
«Integration of solar energy in hydro power plant is the first such case in Russia. There are plenty advantages of the project such as ability to use the existing power grid and transport infrastructure, highly qualified staff at the HPP as well as no need to use new areas for energy needs» — head of Hevel Group Igor Shakhray said.
Russian solar manufacturer Hevel today announced its module manufacturing operation will run entirely on renewable energy from this month onwards.
Hevel said the 1.2 GW of solar generation capacity in Russia means it can source the 65 GWh of electricity required annually to power its 340 MW Novocheboksarsk heterojunction panel factory entirely from the nation’s wholesale and capacity market.
“We are able to cover our electricity demand by renewable energy due to the growing volumes of solar generation in Russia,” said factory director Alexander Dubrovskiy. “The transition also guarantees our foreign partners the compliance of production processes with environmental standards, including those for exported products.”