Singapore in the New Race of Building Floating Solar Farms amid Climatic Crisis

To cut the greenhouse gas emissions, Singapore has resorted to building floating solar farms off its coasts and reservoirs with little land.

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Singapore in the New Race of Building Floating Solar Farms amid Climatic Crisis THE POLICY TIMES

Singapore is one of the world’s smallest countries where renewable energy is a challenge nowadays. In Singapore, as the wind is not strong enough to power turbines so it has turned to solar power.

Major Reasons For Switching On to Solar Power

In Singapore, there is insufficient wind for wind power. Nuclear energy is too risky for Singapore. Tidal and wave energy have theoretical potential but the maritime space of Singapore is too busy with shipping. So, solar energy is the most viable option for this country to diversify its energy sources.

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Is Target of Building Solar Farms Highly Insufficient?

Singapore could face some space constraints when it comes to floating solar. Red Constantino, executive director of the Philippines-based Institute for Climate said, “Projects such as floating farms are not enough unless backed up with a greater official commitment to cut emissions”. The prosperous financial hub has even pledged to halve its 2030 peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Climate Action Tracker has classified its targets as “highly insufficient”. Constantino further added, “They need to set a higher absolute target. Such a target sends a signal to the very business community by which Singapore’s economy thrives”.

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  • Cloud cover and humidity is a problem in Singapore as it is across much of Southeast Asia. Even, the consistently high temperatures will reduce the efficiency of the photovoltaic cells.
  • To build large solar arrays, open spaces are required. And Singapore lacks vast open spaces. Here most of the land is covered by buildings, roads, and protected green spaces. So, the respective authorities must bring in some new strategies to fulfill the aims of the project.
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Singapore in the New Race of Building Floating Solar Farms amid Climatic Crisis
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To cut the greenhouse gas emissions, Singapore has resorted to building floating solar farms off its coasts and reservoirs with little land.
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