Dutch-Norwegian offshore specialists SolarDuck, in collaboration with RWE, have put in an offshore floating photo voltaic pilot mission within the Dutch North Sea.

The 0.5 MWp Merganser array is situated 12 km off the coast of Scheveningen, Netherlands. The pilot mission is linked to the mooring system at a depth of 20 meters.

SolarDuck and RWE mentioned the pilot mission is a scalable idea with six interconnected platforms that may stand up to excessive offshore situations.

The mission will embrace technical and environmental monitoring to evaluate large-scale business deployment of offshore floating photo voltaic. Over the subsequent two years, Merganser shall be monitored remotely with greater than 180 sensors that observe structural masses, connector and mooring masses, and electrical efficiency.

“Standalone or together with offshore wind farms, offshore floating photo voltaic can open up extra offshore renewable vitality alternatives – particularly for nations with low common wind pace however loads of daylight,” mentioned Sven Utermöhlen, CEO of RWE Offshore Wind. “With Merganser, we acquire distinctive insights and first-hand expertise in one of many world’s most difficult coastal environments.”

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Last yr, SolarDuck put in a floating photo voltaic demonstration unit in Japan, in collaboration with Tokyu Land. The firm additionally mentioned it plans to develop a 540 MW floating wind-solar mission in partnership with Green Arrow Capital and New Developments.

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