Offshore floating solar farm installed and operational at the Dutch North Sea
System survived several storms, including the “Ciara” storm (February 2020)
Oceans of Energy successfully installed the first modules of the world’s first offshore floating solar farm in the Dutch North Sea. Since November 2019, the system is in operation and has already survived several winter storms. The North Sea is notorious for its rough seas. See also our initial press releases in English and in Dutch.
The system was doubled in size on 20 January 2020, by adding more modules. From 28 to 56 modules, from 8.5 kW to 17 kW (see articles in Dutch and in English) The system will be in continued operation, and expanded further, in 2020.
The Oceans of Energy offshore solar system is designed and tested to withstand 13 meters high waves. This is unique in the world. The system has already survived several storms, including storm “Ciara” in February 2020; up to 62 knots of maximum wind speeds, > 5 meters maximum waves (max. wave still pending on processing of latest wave data) and 2 knots sea currents. The system, including the mooring system and the floaters, remained stable and intact in all conditions. We will start publishing more 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.