The Albanian state-owned electricity company KESH intends to build the country's first solar-powered floating power station on the Drin river waterfall, where around two-thirds of the country's electricity is generated thanks to three hydroelectric power plants built under communism over the years '70 is 80.
The ambitious project will diversify the current generation of electricity (entirely hydroelectric) of the country through a new technology that has revolutionized renewable energy in the last decade. The state energy producer said that the floating plant will be 118.000 square meters and that it will be more efficient in energy production than terrestrial solar panels; However, KESH did not provide details on the costs, funding and time required to complete the ambitious project.
"Floating solar panels have been in use for just over a decade. They have several advantages; they do not occupy any precious space on the ground and the cooling effect of the water makes them more efficient. They can also help mitigate the evaporation of water by intercepting sunlight before it hits the surface of a reservoir. "- states the World Economic Forum (The World Economic Forum).
Thanks to the favorable geographical position of the country, Albania has an advantage in the production of solar energy but does not yet have plants of this type. However, solar panels are increasingly being used by families and businesses to meet part of their needs and reduce electricity consumption.
With the production of domestic electricity entirely dependent on electricity, Albania has a great untapped potential of wind and solar energy which can be economically advantageous. For this reason, in an attempt to diversify the production of electricity, the Albanian government offers incentives to small producers of solar energy.
The state-run KESH company also owns a new plant in Vlore, in southern Albania, which has not been made operational due to high costs and fuel problems in its cooling system. The construction of the trans-Adriatic pipeline could make it operational at lower costs after the 2020.
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