Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) announced on April 7 that it has succeeded in a performance test of Korea’s largest floating solar power plant model.
KHNP has been developing solar power plant design standards that can be applied to the marine environment in cooperation with the Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO) since 2019. The company carried out a numerical analysis of floating bodies, connecting devices, and mooring systems, which are key systems for solar energy generation at sea, and completed a basic design that meets domestic and foreign marine design standards. Based on this, it built the nation’s largest offshore solar plant model that measures 15m x 14m and weighs 1.17 tons, and carried out an evaluation of its performance.
Unlike solar power generation systems on reservoirs, offshore solar power generation systems need to take tides, waves, and salt into account. KHNP expects that the success of the test will serve as a catalyst for the development of the domestic offshore solar power generation industry.
“This study is the first big step for the offshore solar power industry,” said Chung Jae-hoon, president of KHNP. “As a general energy company, KHNP will lead the realization of a carbon neutral society by expanding the new solar energy market.”