Thailand is located in the central tropical region of the Indochina Peninsula. It is an emerging economy and newly industrialized country, and the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. It has a natural resource base, hot all year round, and sufficient sunshine. It is a country rich in solar energy, with an average daily amount of sunshine. It reaches about 5-6.5 kWh per square meter, especially in the northeast and central regions, where the highest regional average radiation is 1200-1400 kWh/m2, and the photovoltaic power generation industry is also the oldest among ASEAN countries. According to Thailand’s national plan, by 2036, the installed capacity of photovoltaic power generation will reach 6GW. It is also reported that the National Power Administration of Thailand has revised the national photovoltaic power development plan from 2018 to 2037, and the photovoltaic development goal for the next 20 years has been increased to 17GW. These include the newly added 10GW rooftop photovoltaic and the 2.7GW floating project developed by Thailand’s EGAT on 9 dams. The implementation of the policy has promoted the development of the Thai photovoltaic market and will constitute the main source of new installed capacity in the next two years. Thailand will undoubtedly become one of the emerging photovoltaic markets with the strongest growth in the world.
Due to its relatively low manpower, electricity prices and other related manufacturing costs, as well as a relatively complete infrastructure compared with other ASEAN countries, Thailand has the role of a global photovoltaic industry foundry. According to IEA data, Thailand currently has nearly 20 module and polysilicon cell manufacturing companies with an annual production capacity of more than 5GW, and module products are mainly for export. Therefore, Thailand has a third-place manufacturing advantage, avoids trade barriers, promotes diversified origins of goods, and becomes a springboard for radiating Southeast Asia and exporting to the global market.
The Ministry of Energy plans to invest 2.4 billion baht to support three types of photovoltaic power generation projects
The Ministry of Energy of Thailand and the Ministry of the Interior launched the “Photovoltaic into the village” green energy poverty alleviation project, which is expected to cost 2.4 billion baht and will use green photovoltaic power generation technology to help remote villages bid farewell to the history of no electricity.
Recently, the Ministry of Energy and the Interior of Thailand co-hosted a video conference on the implementation of the policy implementation guidance for the 2021 Energy Conservation Support Fund to support the photovoltaic project in the village to help the village solve the problem of no electricity. It was revealed in the video conference for the implementation of the policy to better solve the remote areas. In response to the problem of lack of electricity in the village, the Ministry of Energy plans to invest 2.4 billion baht, and the local administrative department directly under the Ministry of the Interior will launch the 2021 photovoltaic poverty alleviation project in the village.
The funds will mainly support three types of photovoltaic power generation and project utilization. One is community power supply stations, including the use of new technologies to develop photovoltaic power generation, bioenergy power generation, biogas power generation, and photovoltaic drying systems, etc.; the second is photovoltaic water pumping systems, such as Water tower pumping system with power generation of 2.5 kilowatts and water storage capacity of 20 cubic meters, etc.; 3. Self-power generation projects in areas without electricity, especially villages/communities/schools/hospitals in remote areas without electricity.
The 2.4 billion baht budget will be divided into two parts, one part is directly allocated by the government, each government allocates 25 million baht, and the total of 76 provinces in the country is 1.9 billion baht. The other 500 million baht is used as a reserve budget for agricultural water tower photovoltaic pumping system projects. Whether it is a local-level administrative department, a district-level administrative department, or a government-level administrative department can submit project budget support. According to the current schedule, the entire project is expected to start the project application work on March 31, 2021.
Installation of Thailand’s largest hydropower + photovoltaic + energy storage integrated project completed
The installation of the first phalanx of Thailand’s EGAT Sirindhorn dam integrated floating photovoltaic project, which was general contracted by China Energy Construction Group Shanxi Institute, has been installed as scheduled.
At the beginning of 2020, the project department formulated and implemented a strict epidemic prevention and control plan. After communication and close cooperation with all parties, the project design, procurement, and construction were carried out in an orderly manner. In July last year, the Shanxi Institute project team rushed to the site to promote project construction. The project team worked with the Thai consortium’s construction party to scientifically improve the construction technology and rationally arrange the construction procedures, which effectively reduced the adverse effects such as the epidemic, and effectively guaranteed the high-quality construction of the project.
Thailand’s EGAT Sirindhorn Dam integrated floating body photovoltaic project is Thailand’s largest integrated energy project of hydropower + photovoltaic + energy storage, with a planned capacity of 58.5 MW, consisting of 7 phalanxes. After the construction of the project, the proportion of new energy in Thailand will be greatly increased. , To promote the development of local green energy.
The largest floating solar farm will be completed in June 2021
The first batch of solar panels for Thailand’s first floating solar farm has been put in place. It is expected that this solar farm in Ubon Ratchathani in the northeast will be completed in June this year and will become the latest local tourist attraction.
In order to cooperate with the global implementation of clean energy policies, the Thai government is building what is known as the world’s largest floating solar farm in Ubon Ratchathani. The Ministry of Industry and Energy of Thailand also plans to build four floating solar farms in different industrial areas.
The Minister of Energy of Thailand said that as the new US President Biden takes office, the United States is expected to adopt a more environmentally friendly energy policy, including rejoining the Paris Agreement, while Thailand’s active shift to clean energy is consistent with Biden’s energy policy. “The Thai government hopes to create a good environment for industrial zones and industries.”
The Electric Power Authority of Thailand has installed the first batch of solar panels for the Xilindong Hydropower Station Dam Reservoir. These solar panels are expected to generate 45 megawatts of electricity.
About 12% of Thailand’s energy in 2019 comes from sustainable energy. The Thai government hopes that initiatives such as floating solar farms can help Thailand increase its sustainable energy ratio to 37% by 2036.
Thailand will adjust support policies for civilian photovoltaic power generation and encourage households to install photovoltaic power generation systems
The Ministry of Energy of Thailand adjusted the supporting policies for civilian photovoltaic power generation systems to promote the development of the national clean energy strategy while increasing the weight of photovoltaic power generation systems installed in households, so as to realize the self-generated and self-used surplus electricity to the grid.
In order to achieve better encouragement and support, the Ministry of Energy is considering the current grid-connected electricity price of civilian photovoltaic power generation systems, from the current 1.68 baht/kWh to 2-2.20 baht/kWh. Photovoltaic power generation, especially household photovoltaic power generation, is an important supplement to the national energy security strategy. The government encourages and supports families to use roof space to install photovoltaic power generation systems.
The rooftop photovoltaic power generation system not only can provide all the needs of household electricity, but also can sell the surplus electricity to the country through grid connection, so as to obtain additional benefits. As a clean energy, photovoltaic power generation will not cause damage to the surrounding environment. Thailand has long sunshine hours throughout the year, and the prospect of household photovoltaic power generation systems is very broad.
There are still many places in remote rural areas in Thailand that are not connected to electricity, and photovoltaic power generation systems are very suitable for promotion in these places. In the past year, only 3-4 megawatts (MW) of household photovoltaic power generation have been connected to the grid, which is far from the 100 MW target.
After consulting experts’ suggestions, the Ministry of Energy decided to adjust the support policy and increase the purchase price of photovoltaic power generation to attract more households to install photovoltaic power generation systems. This year’s goal is to increase to 50 megawatts and next year to 100-200 megawatts.
Udon Thani Floating Photovoltaic Power Station is expected to be connected to the grid at the end of the year
The floating surface photovoltaic power station of Sirindhorn Reservoir has been promoted by 80%. According to the current progress, it is expected to be connected to the grid before the end of the year. As the first national-level storage reservoir floating surface photovoltaic power station, the Udon Project has a power generation of 45 megawatts and can be used as a check-in point to stimulate the local tourism service industry.
According to officials from the National Power Generation Authority of Thailand, in accordance with the National Clean Energy Development Plan, the total installed capacity of floating surface photovoltaic power plants in the next 20 years will be 2,725 megawatts. The Udon Thani Photovoltaic Power Station project has been advanced by 82.04%, and it is expected that the grid-connected power generation will be achieved within the year based on the progress of the project.
In order to facilitate the Chinese people to visit the floating photovoltaic power station more intimately, a jungle air corridor with a length of 415 meters will be built on the nearby high ground. It is also reported that the project may become the world’s largest floating photovoltaic power station, with a total area of about 760 Thai acres including the edge, which is 1% of the entire reservoir area. The area covered by photovoltaic panels is about 450 Thai acres.
Thailand’s 12.9MW surface floating photovoltaic power station was successfully connected to the grid
The 12.9MW surface floating power station in Rayong, Thailand was successfully connected to the grid for power generation. This is currently the largest floating power station in Thailand. It has also become a rare floating photovoltaic project with a large water level drop in recent years due to a water level drop of up to 18 meters. Sungrow provides a floating system and reverse Converter solution
The project is located on three industrial reservoirs in a local industrial park. Irregular water surface requires a special-shaped floating square array design. The anchor point selection and force distribution requirements of the square array are relatively high. The Sunshine Floating Technical Team has conducted on-site exploration and Coupling analysis of wind, waves and currents to select the best anchor point. In order to solve the problem of adapting to large water level drop, Sunshine Floating Body tailored an anchoring system to adapt to large water level changes for the project to ensure the uniform force of the cable and the stability of the square. influences.
Rayong Province is an important industrial base in Thailand with strong power demand. The project adopts a single-row full layout and the best inclination angle scheme, which is convenient for operation and maintenance, good stability, and high power generation efficiency. It is estimated that after being integrated into the separate power grid of the industrial park, the floating power station can generate up to 18 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which can not only alleviate the electrical power of the industrial park and increase the proportion of clean energy, but also make full use of the idle water surface resources of the reservoir , To achieve sustainable development.
Talesun Thailand’s investment and expansion of high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and large-size modules officially put into production
Talesun Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. invested and expanded the production of high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and large-size modules. The project was officially put into production recently. This project is one of the first investment expansion projects of Talesun Solar in 2021. Since the project started, the technical team has overcome the overseas epidemic Various difficult factors such as impacts were completed and put into production on schedule as planned.
Since Talesun Solar invested and established a plant in Thailand in 2015, it has helped the company expand its Southeast Asian module sales business and power station project development business, and has played an active role in the European and American markets. At present, Talesun Thailand has formed a production capacity of 1.2GW monocrystalline high-efficiency cells and 1.2GW high-efficiency modules. As the global photovoltaic industry’s market advantage of parity grid conditions has exploded, Talesun Solar, as an internationally renowned brand, has been unanimously recognized by the domestic and foreign markets. Through this technological transformation and production expansion, the company has accelerated the layout of large-size module production capacity. The commissioning of this project will expand the overall development scale of Talesun Solar, and at the same time improve the production efficiency, product conversion efficiency and high-quality product rate of automated intelligent manufacturing, so that the company is in The comprehensive strength has been further enhanced in the market segments.