Friday, September 18, 2015

Presenting Gili Lankanfushi's Floating Solar Panel to IRENA

Gili Lankanfushi boasts the largest floating solar structure in Maldives and so we were invited, along with Swimsol representatives, to give a presentation to some of the industry's leaders and sit on a panel at a special renewable energy conference.

The conference was held by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Ministry of Environment and Energy. IRENA have been employed to develop a roadmap to help accelerate the deployment of renewables in the Maldives, and so this final workshop consisted of presentations from key stakeholders from around the country to try to discover potential barriers, and to discuss ways to overcome these obstacles in the way of mass deployment of renewable energy.
Gili Lankanfushi's 15m x 15m floating solar panel 

The long sunlight hours of Maldives create the perfect conditions to use solar energy, however the islands lack the spacial capacity needed to build large systems. One of the solutions is to station photovoltaic panels on floating structures, as 90% of the Maldives as a country is sea water. Swimsol, the company who built our solar system, specialize in doing just that.

As one of the few resorts utilizing solar power from a floating structure, Gili lankanfushi was invited to discuss the challenges we faced during the planning and implementation stages. As a resort who has overcome these barriers, we can be used as a good example for other resort and local islands. I accompanied Brad Calder, our Resort Manager, to Kurumba Resort to deliver our presentation at the IRENA conference.
Brad Calder, Gili Lankanfushi Resort Manager, providing solutions to Maldives solar energy barriers
Our message was received well and we are proud to have been selected as a good example of an island who has overcome to much to be pushing forward with sustainability and solar power.
The future looks sunny for Gili Lankanfushi as we plan more solar projects for early next year!


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