Enabling Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FPV) Deployment: FPV Technical Potential Assessment for Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia (SE Asia) is a region with growing energy demand and increasing development of floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) systems, which can help meet countries' renewable energy and energy security goals. This study uses a high-level geospatial assessment methodology to estimate the technical potential for monofacial and bifacial FPV on reservoirs and natural waterbodies in the ten countries within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Technical potential consists of the suitable waterbody area for FPV development (km2), the capacity of FPV that could be installed on this suitable area (MW), and the annual energy that could be generated from these installations (GWh/year). This first-of-its-kind FPV technical potential assessment for SE Asia can help policymakers and planners better understand the role that FPV could play in meeting regional energy demand and can ultimately guide investment decisions. Although this work focuses on SE Asia, the methodology may also be applicable for countries in other regions, with adaptations. The FPV technical potential results are also integrated into the Renewable Energy (RE) Data Explorer online tool (https://www.re-explorer.org/).
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), 13-16 June 2023, Manila, Philippines

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5R00-86321


  • bifacial
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • floating solar
  • FPV
  • hydropower
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • monofacial
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • RE Data Explorer
  • reservoir
  • Singapore
  • Southeast Asia
  • technical potential
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • waterbody


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