Such solar power stations comprise floating platforms (usually hexagonal) fitted with solar panels to generate more energy than land-based plants.

The brainchild of solar energy expert is S.P. Gon Chaudhuri. The proposed sites for the maiden floating solar power station are ponds surrounding the iconic Victoria Memorial and some other water bodies in Kolkata.

"Such floating solar stations would generate more energy as research has shown that if the panels stay cooler, they generate more energy, up by 16 percent," Gon Chaudhuri said.

According to him, applications have been forwarded to Victoria Memorial authorities and plans to utilize other areas near EM Bypass are also on the anvil. "Each station would require around 3,000 square feet of space to generate 20 kilo watt of power. There are many water bodies that could be used for this," said Gon Chaudhury.

The research has been completed and the project, funded by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is expected to be implemented by 2014.


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