Brazilian power utility Chesf and Pernambuco's Federal University (UFPE) will build a 5-MW solar floating system in the Sobradinho reservoir, Bahia, local news portal Jornal do Commercio reported on Sunday.
Some BRL 50 million (USD 13m/EUR 12.2m) will be invested in the project through the Research, Development and Innovation Programme.
By December 15, the company responsible for the installation of solar panels will be hired. The first 1 MW of the system should be finalised within seven to eight months from December.
Apart from producing clean electricity, the solar panels will help reduce the evaporation in the reservoir, says Chesf's Director of Engineering and Construction, Antonio Varejao, as quoted by Jornal do Commercio. One of the goals of the project is to study the impact of solar panels on the reservoir volumes, temperature and humidity.
Similar installations have already been completed in China, India, Japan and other countries.