A world’s first: offshore floating solar farm installed at the Dutch North Sea
Oceans of Energy successfully installed the first modules of the world’s first offshore floating solar farm in the Dutch North Sea. Since November the system has already survived the first winter storms. The North Sea is notorious for its rough seas.
The system has survived several winter storms. The system was extended to twice its size on 20 January 2020. Starting of with 8.5 kW, the system is now 17 kW in size. The system will be in continued operation and expanded further in 2020.
We will start publishing the first operational results soon!
About the project ‘Zon op Zee (Solar-at-Sea)’
In 2017, six Dutch companies and Research Organizations including TNO, MARIN, ONE-Dyas and Oceans of Energy started with the development, construction, testing, and operation of the first offshore floating solar utility at open sea in the world. The first 17 kW of the modular system has now been installed in the North Sea, and this will be expanded in the coming months towards a 50 kW pilot that will be operational during a testing period of a year.
Oceans of Energy has designed, built, model-tested and installed the first offshore solar farm system in the world, on the North Sea. The maximum wave the system is designed for, and tested in, is 13 meters high. MARIN has executed model testing in their famous Offshore Basin in 2018. The system was built in 2019 and installed on 23 November 2019.
The project ‘Zon op Zee (Solar-at-Sea)’ has received an innovation contribution from the Dutch Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, RVO.nl) through the “Topsector Energie” policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.
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