EGAT opens Thap Sakae Solar Power Plant, the combination of 4 types of solar cells

20170518E 03

          EGAT officially opened Thap Sakae Solar Power Plant, which combines 4 types of solar cells for the first time in Thailand to conduct a research and develop renewable energy in which innovations and technologies are utilized to increase efficiency of power generation from solar power and to support Energy 4.0 Policy of Minister of Energy. Moreover, Thap Sakae Learning Center was officially opened for the public.

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20170518E 05

          On May 15, 2017, Mr. Kornrasit Pakchotanon, EGAT Governor, and Mr. Tawee Narisirikul, Prachaup Khiri Khan Provicial Governor chaired the opening ceremony of Thap Sakae Solar Power Plant and Learning Center in Thap Sakae District, Prachaup Khiri Khan. 500 provincial officers, community leaders, and local people also joined the event.

20170518E 06

          Mr. Kornrasit Pakchotanon, EGAT Governor said that EGAT has continuously conducted the research and developed electricity generation from renewable energy coupled with conventional fuel to comply with Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP2015) of Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy. Thap Sakae Solar Power Plant can reflect EGAT’s determination to use new innovations and technologies to increase the efficiency of renewable power facilities, which also supports Energy 4.0 Policy of Ministry of Energy. In the future, EGAT will further develop renewable energy by combining the 2 sources of power as called hybrid as well as developing energy storage for increasing efficiency of power generation from renewable energy. It also complies with Energy 4.0 Policy of Ministry of Energy to improve the electricity system with innovations and technology.

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          Thap Sakae Solar Power Plant has an installed capacity of 5 MW. EGAT wants the plant to be the research center of the efficiency of electricity generation from solar power by installing 4 types of solar cells within the same area comprising of 1 MW Crystalline Silicon, 2 MW Amorphous Silicon, 1 MW Micro Amorphous Silicon, and 1 MW Copper Indium Galliam Di-Selenide. The first type is water-weighted solar tracking system, while the other three are fixed system. EGAT will collect the data and compare how efficient each type of solar cells is under the climate of coastal area with changeable weather condition and the whole year of rain. With the success, it will become the prototype for the solar power plants in the southern part and coastal sites. Moreover, EGAT has built the Thap Sakae Learning Center with the power-saving building design covering an area of 1,700 square meters. The architecture design was inspired from local building in the coastal area and fisherman boat. The building of the learning center is located opposite to the power plant. The center provides knowledge on power, EGAT missions, and history of Thap Sakae community. The highlight of the center is 4D theatre and exhibition inspired from amusement park with cartoon characters representing natural power to attract interested people, especially students and youth who are the main target.