First offshore floating PV pilot to be commissioned in the North Sea

July 24, 2019
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by Patricia Seoane da Silva
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Following the lead of a Dutch consortium led by ECN, Jan De Nul Group has unveiled a joint partnership with a group Belgian companies (including Engie's subsidiary Tractebel, Soltech, and Ghent University) to develop the first offshore floating PV pilot. The planned €2 million pilot will be launched around 2020 and will be located close to an aquaculture and offshore wind farm. Similar to floating wind, offshore PV will be limited by costly subsea electrical infrastructure, and clients should not expect the technology to take off until onshore sites (e.g., lakes, dams) are tapped. In the meantime, this pilot presents a valid long-term approach, as it uses existing infrastructure and benefits from the calmer water surface conditions nearby.

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