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EBTC facilitates a relationship to bring floating Solar PV one-step closer to reality in Eastern India: Ciel et Terre (France) & Klystron Electronics (Kolkata) sign an MoU

PRESS RELEASE BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 13 FEBRUARY 2013

Land, energy and water have been issues of prime concern across Eastern India, and an innovative French technology that provides a simple solution to a complex problem is now nearly a reality. Floating solar photovoltaic (PV) technology (Hydrelio system) developed by Ciel et Terre from France is one-step closer to being implemented in the region. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was signed with Klystron Electronics Pvt. Ltd from Kolkata, and facilitated by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC).

Floating solar PV is a unique solution to address the combined issue of energy, water conservation and land availability. The Hydrelio system patented by Ciel & Terre is a reliable and eco-friendly way to save valuable land and convert a water area into a profitable large scale solar power plant (from 1 to 50 MW). Water aeration technology can also be fitted with the structure to enable purification of the water. Critical success factors for such a project include building a local supply chain, attaining an appropriate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), power plant investors and operators. All of which are possible given the abundance of resources and potential in the region.

Mr. Ghosh (Executive Director, Klystron Electronics Pvt. Ltd,) emphasized that, "as the name suggests, floating solar technology does not require land for its installation, the Eastern as well as North-Eastern region needs energy and has an abundance of water bodies. With the availability of floating solar, the region can contribute to the compensation of energy requirement to certain extent, especially in the rural areas. Support will be required from all stakeholders for the diffusion of such a useful technology."

Ciel et Terre and Klystron Electronics will be jointly evaluating and tapping the immense opportunities to co-develop floating solar PV projects. Mr. Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC) said that this partnership will help to implement the technology, not only in West Bengal, but across the water-rich regions. This is just one of the many initiatives that EBTC is taking in the region.

Left to right: Arthur de Freslon, Business Developer, Ciel et Terre India & Gautam Ghosh, Executive Director, Klystron Electronics sign an MoU to develop floating solar projects in India. Image: ebtc