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Floating solar on verge of greatness, but is it bankable?

Thomas Reindl, deputy CEO from the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore kicked off the Floating Solar Conference this week in Amsterdam and summed up the prospects for float solar in one slide. The slide showed what percentage of the surface area of each reservoir would be needed to equate to the energy of the dams themselves. There was a respectful hush as the audience took in the numbers, the Aswan dam, the 1.4 GW Narmada dam in India, the Guri dam in Venezuela, the Three Gorges in China (pictured), and the numbers were all similar – 4%, 3% less than 1%, 2% – most of them needed less than 10% of the surface area covered with floating solar, to…

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