222 million baht to build a pilot solar power project in Ubon

According to www.newenergymatters.com a major solar project will be ready next month at Sirindhorn dam.

Great news for Ubon.

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The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) plans to spend 222 million baht to build a pilot solar power project to showcase its own innovative technology, according to Paskorn Dangsmak, assistant director for policy and planning.

Technology developed by Egat tracks sun rays and adjusts the panel angle.

The pilot project, located in the Sirindhorn hydropower plant in Ubon Ratchathani, will have acapacity of one megawatt.

Its solar cells will use Egat’s patented technology consisting of a tracking system to control the movement of panels in the direction of sun rays, instead of old technology that needs motors or manual controls to make panels move.

“We developed the system for tracking the direction of the sun rays by itself, and solar power will also be increased automatically to make it move. Current technology works by using battery-run motors, and needs humans to set its direction too,” Mr Paskorn explained.

The Sirindhorn solar power plant will use locally made equipment from suppliers including Bangkok Solar Ltd and RCR Ltd.

With the new technology, which Egat began developing in 2003, the solar cells can produce 10-20% more power than ones using conventional technology.

The solar cells are expected to generate power that would save the equivalent of 348,000 litres per year of fossil fuels.

Egat plans to open the pilot project next month and hopes to develop the site into a learning centre on renewable energy for local communities.

The Egat solar power plant would be the third in Thailand that focuses on new developments, following a 100-MW solar cell plant by Bangchak Petroleum and a 6-MW installation by Bangkok Solar Ltd.

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