Binnies to study floating photovoltaic systems for Hong Kong rivers

Hong Kong is stepping up its efforts in developing renewable energy by maximising the application of renewable energy technologies in its infrastructure facilities with the goal of achieving of the city’s carbon reduction targets.

Binnies Hong Kong Ltd has been appointed by the Drainage Services Department (DSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, to study the feasibility of having floating photovoltaic (PV) systems in Hong Kong’s Kai Tak and Shing Mun rivers.

“We have been actively exploring opportunities to generate more renewable energy in the facilities that we operate. Following the successful experience of installing a solar farm at Siu Ho Wan sewage treatment works, once the largest of its kind in Hong Kong, as well as more than 40 PV systems in other facilities, we are now looking into utilising the rivers that we manage to harness more solar energy,” said Dr Ricky Li, Project Leader, DSD renewable energy team.

Installing solar panels on water bodies has multiple benefits, including helping to yield a higher PV efficiency for generating more power while saving valuable land space. The study will provide an all-round assessment of implementing floating PV systems by considering the significant economic, social and environmental factors, including the risks associated with typhoons. The technology, siting, power capacities and utilisation, commercial models, stakeholder views and resilience of PV systems will all be considered.

Binnies has assembled a team of experts, including from water and renewable energy businesses in the RSK group, that brings global expertise in the renewable energy industry covering more than 20 years to the table.

“Installing floating PV systems in rivers requires a complex and innovative approach. By drawing on our knowledge of both the water and power businesses, together with extensive local and overseas experience of floating PV studies, we will help DSD identify and understand the potential issues from the technical, financial and sustainability perspectives,” said Andy Kwok, Managing Director of Binnies Hong Kong.

Binnies has delivered two similar floating solar studies for the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department. The first identified suitable locations for implementing large-scale floating solar farms from the 17 impounding reservoirs in Hong Kong, which paved the way for the second study focusing on the feasibility of installing a floating PV scheme at Plover Cove Reservoir.

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