The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Trine Jøranli Eskedal, opened Sri Lanka’s first floating solar plant in Kilinochchi Friday. The launch of the 42KW floating solar plant took place this morning at the Faculty of Engineering, Kilinochchi Campus, University of Jaffna.
The floating solar plant, installed under Capacity Building and Establishment of Research Consortium Project, is a result of the research collaboration since 2017 between the University of Jaffna and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo.
The partnership between universities and Norwegian private companies have been crucial to realize this project, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said earlier.
Current Solar AS is the Norwegian developer of floating PV solutions under the trade name “Norwegian Solar floats™”. Norwegian Energy group Equinor and Innovation Norway, which is the Norwegian Government’s instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry have also supported the project.
The floating solar power plant project is based on Norwegian marine knowhow from offshore and aquaculture industries and combines well-known features with innovative use of composite beams for the mounting of the solar panels.