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The Netherlands to build the world's first floating solar plant at sea

The Netherlands to build the world's first floating solar plant at sea

The Netherlands has the design, execution and commissioning of the first floating solar plant on the sea. This mega work could mean an improvement in the performance of photovoltaic panels of up to 15% compared to those located on land.

This great project also aims to solve the problems of lack of space to install this type of farms for the use of clean energy on land.

The project has been called ‘Zon-op-Zee’, something like ‘The sun in the sea’. It will take about three years to build and they will participate in it sEis companies and specialized research centers working hand in hand in the design of this floating photovoltaic farm that, when it materializes on the waters of the North Sea, will be unique in the world.

China and the United Kingdom have already built solar power plants on water surfaces, but in lakes. The case of the Netherlands is exceptional."What we will do with this project has never been done". This is underlined by Allard van Hoeken, Founding Engineer and Chief Executive Officer of Oceans of Energy,startup which is part of the consortium that hopes to make the project a reality. The bet is quite a challenge, especially due to the climatic conditions of the offshore and the destructive forces of the wind and waves in the sea.

The attractiveness of the project and the impact of its implementation are evident."Large-scale floating solar systems on the sea do not yet exist", point from the consortium. This also refers to the strengths of solar energy in the sea, which would not occupy scarce soils on land. In addition, the promoters highlight its potential contribution to islands or remote areas where, precisely for this reason, they tend to resort to polluting sources, such as diesel.

However, these would not be the only areas that would benefit from the success of the ambitious idea."This will be a solution for the whole world, since the majority of the planet's population is concentrated in coastal regions". Specifically, 6 out of 10 people live in areas close to the sea line."We hope to create a positive and lasting impact for everyone.”, Confides van Hoeken.

The expected impact extends to more fields, such as the performance of photovoltaic solar installations. In this sense, the participants in this project consider that a solar farm on the sea can yield 15% more than another, homologous one, on land.

The project also has a team of highly qualified marine ecologists who continuously monitor and evaluate the environmental impact of our floating solar systems offshore. We want to be 100% in tune with the environment in which our systems are implemented, without leaving any negative footprint.

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Video: Sungrow Floating Solar Installation (October 2020).