Oceans of Energy

North Sea 2 - the offshore solar farm operational since 2020 being expanded to 1MW

In the North Sea 2 (NS2) project we are extending our offshore solar farm system, operational in high waves since 2020, to 1MW scale. During the past years we have collected valuable data on loads, movements, power output, and interactions with the environment which have successfully translated to design improvements and technological insight to larger sclae systems. The solar farm system is located 12 KM offshore, a distance which is representative for offshore windfarm locations. Our offshore solar farm system is designed to withstand the rough North Sea conditions with waves up to nearly 14 meter. It is the world’s first offshore solar farm the size equivalent to 1.5 soccer fields and connected to the grid. Environmental research is also key during this project. 1 MLN Euro of NS2’s funding is dedicated to monitoring the effects of the floating solar farm on the marine ecosystem. Read the full press release here.

February 2022 storms
Our offshore solar farm system has been put to the test by six consecutive storms in February 2022, including Eunice which ranks in the top 5 heaviest storms of the past 52 years. We are very proud our system withstood these extreme rough sea condition.

Photo by Oscar Bos (Wageningen Marine Research)

PARTNERS & OBSERVERS:

The project has several partners and observers who all have their own expertise and input:

Deltares facilitates testing in the Deltares Delta Flume and leads the stakeholder research.

TNO is conducting research into the suitability of solar panels for offshore use and is studying integration in wind farms in this project.

Fugro will be monitoring the floating solar panel connectors, including the forces experienced by the panels as they float on the sea.

Utrecht University conducts research into energy yield.

NWO-NIOZ carries out ecological monitoring.

RWE Renewables indicates that it wishes to provide interest and support for the project as an observer.

NWEA

Wageningen Marine Research carries out ecological monitoring.

Ventolines acts as observer in the project.

North Sea Farmers

TKF develops and manufactures the power export cable.

TKI

Primo Marine leads the process surrounding the offshore cable installation.

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