Gili Lankanfushi plugs in the largest floating solar panel in the Maldives
Gili Lankanfushi partnered with Swimsol, an Austrian company that specializes in ground-breaking floating solar power solutions. Their idea is to bring green power to the parts of the World, like the Maldives, where land space is limited.
The 15×15 solar power floating platform itself is an engineering marvel; an innovative floating structure that is designed to survive waves and water turbulence. It consists of glass fibre tubes, aluminum frames and 112 solar panels.
Weighing over 5 tonnes, it took nearly one third of Gili Lankanfushi’s hosts to push it into the water. After more than two weeks of hard work in the blistering heat of the dry season, the Swimsol team have plugged the largest floating solar platform in the Maldives into Gili Lankanfushi’s power grid.
“This is the largest floating solar panel structure to be plugged in in the Maldives, and we are incredibly proud here at Gili Lankanfushi to participate in finding ways forward into a more sustainable future” said Deborah Burn, Marine Biologist & Environmental Officer.
Swimsol’s platform has a nominal capacity of 28 KW and on sunny days it will produce up to 200 kWh, which is enough to power all pathway and jetty lights, as well as the main office building lighting for 12 hours! The platform will reduce resort’s carbon footprint by 35 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the emissions of 30 return flights from Europe to Maldives per person.
Gili Lankanfushi™, Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations. Gili Lankanfushi™ is set on the private island of Lankanfushi in the North Malé Atoll.