Floating solar park North Sea
A consortium of six Dutch organizations parties is developing an unique project: the world’s first floating solar park at sea. The ‘solar ísland’ should be a solution for locations where land surface is scarce, such as islands.
Utrecht University will investigate the energy production of the floating solar park. The park is located about 15 kilometers off the coast of The Hague on the North Sea.
A floating solar park is not new. For example, the largest solar island has been is realized in Lingewaard and floating solar panels have already been tested in De Slufter. Nevertheless, this is the first floating solar park realized at sea, where conditions can be a lot more turbulent.
Advantages of a floating solar park
The energy production on water is expected to be 15% higher. The possible reasons are that the water surface cooles down the panels and it reflects the sunlight, which increases the electricity production.
The panels have firmer frames than normal panels. This is necessary to be able to withstand wind, tides and storm. The floating solar park is connected to existing windmills, surplying the green energy to the same cables as the windmills.
Allard van Hoeken, founder of Oceans of Energy.
“What we want to do has never been done before. Floating solar parks are now being implemented mainly on quiet waters such as lakes, but a solar park at sea is a lot more challenging.”