Solar power challenges in Singapore

Singapore faces three issues when it comes to solar power. Singapore is hot, which affects conversion efficiency. Singapore is often cloudy, which means there is less light than you think. Singapore also faces space constraints.

Thankfully, REC panels work well even in cloudy days, despite high temperatures. They are also compact.

Let REC solar panels convert sunlight into usable electricity for you efficiently, affordably, and in harmony with nature!

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One idea that is making a splash is floating solar installations - basically solar panels on a platform that floats on a body of water! They can be used to turn reservoirs, lakes and other bodies of water into valuable solar commodities. The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), with the partnership of the Public Utilities Board (PUB), has commissioned the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore to manage a floating PV test-bed project on Tengeh Reservoir. REC has been part of this exciting project. First commissioned in January 2017 on the Tengeh fresh water reservoir in the west of the island state, the 1 MW installation compares ten different tier-one solar panel and floating platform types and has seen some striking results. After the first test period, all systems achieved a performance ratio (PR) within the range of 78% to 94%, with the majority reaching PRs values of well above 80% - something not easy to achieve in the hot and humid climate of Singapore. This brings us to an obvious question. Will such installations affect drinking water? Fortunately the answer is worth drinking to: solar panels do not actually come into contact with water, so there is limited to no risk of contamination.

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