The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has announced that commercial operations have commenced at the 45MW Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project at Sirindhorn Dam located in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchatani province. The floating solar project is expected to enhance the country’s power system security, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of around 47,000 tons per year, and provide clean energy to help mitigate global warming.

The Hydro-Floating Solar Hybrid Project can generate electricity using both solar power during the day and hydropower from the dam when there is no sunshine or during peak power demand at night. To strengthen the stability of the power system, an energy management system is used in conjunction with a weather forecast system to monitor and manage the power plant. EGAT intends to construct a renewable energy (RE) control centre that will employ artificial intelligence (AI) to improve power generation efficiency in the future.

EGAT has also announced plans to develop 15 additional RE projects totalling 2,725 MW across Thailand. This includes work on the 24 MW project at Ubol Ratana Dam in Khon Kaen Province, as well as other EGAT dam projects nationwide. This move will aid the Government of Thailand in achieving its goal of net zero emissions and becoming a sustainable low-carbon society.