Photo: Floating solar farm (Courtesy of Skyfri)

Skyfri bags contract for floating solar project in India

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has awarded an asset operations contract to Norway-based cleantech company Skyfri for its floating solar project in Kerala, India.

Floating solar farm (Courtesy of Skyfri)
Floating solar farm (Courtesy of Skyfri)

The floating solar power plant has a capacity of 22MW AC/31MWp DC, and is one of the largest in the state of Kerala.

The delivery includes a 24/7 real-time monitoring system which identifies faults using machine learning, ensuring optimized production time and increased efficiency of operations and maintenance, according to Sykfri.

Pratik Ghoshal, CEO of Skyfri, said: “This contract is a milestone for Skyfri as a company. For the first time, we are expanding into the floating solar segment, one of the fastest growing opportunities in renewable energy globally. The project is commissioned by BHEL and owned by the state-owned energy company NTPC. This is a stepping stone for Skyfri into several more projects in the region.”

Aslan Shamsutdin, CTO of Skyfri, added: “Our technology accumulates data from more than 200 sites globally, and this latest add-on with floating solar will enable us to adjust our solutions onto a whole new segment.

“This is also our first project where we will deploy drone-based inspection and management. Taken in consideration that floating solar is one of the fastest growing parts of the solar industry, Skyfri will be well positioned to build dominating solutions and technology within all verticals in solar.”

Skyfri operates two businesses units – Skyfri Energy, a solar O&M division that provides comprehensive O&M and asset management services, and Skyfri Intelligence, a technology platform that monitors and administers the operation of solar power plants.

Combined both services oversee almost 2GW of solar assets, making Skyfri one of the largest independent solar asset operators globally.

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