Gili Goes Renewable

Gili Lankanfushi is happy to announce its partnership with Swimsol, an Austrian company that  specializes in groundbreaking floating solar power solutions. Their idea is to bring green power to parts of the World, like the Maldives, where land space is limited. We are lucky enough to have Swimsol’s largest product so far; a 15 x 15 metre floating solar power platform.

The 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. Today 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.

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 the equivalent of all our pathway and jetty lights, as well as the Front Office lighting for 12 hours! The platform will reduce our 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!

On behalf of the team here at Gili Lankanfushi, our thanks go to the entire Swimsol team, but in particular we want to mention the guys working on the ground during the installation – Patrick, Zsolt, Tom, Dominik, and Akram who worked flat out in the hot Maldivian sun to make this project a reality, and of course we acknowledge the never ending hard work of Swimsol’s managing director Mr Martin Putschek!