Jan De Nul Group, a provider of services for the construction and maintenance of marine infrastructure, along with a group of Belgian companies will carry out the development and construction of the first marine solar park in the North, RenEn reports.
The idea of placing “solar plantations” on the high seas has been discussed for a long time.
The project cost is €2 million. The pilot project is planned to be located in the Belgian part of the Northern Sea next to aquaculture facilities and offshore wind power plants. Jan De Nul notes that the structures and solar modules designed for the project will be resistant to salt water, strong streams and high waves.
While solar PV technology costs are still constantly decreasing, the evolution towards high-wave offshore applications is a logical next step after fresh water floating PV on lakes and dams and low-wave offshore applications in lagoons and other sheltered environments. Factors such as land scarcity, large scale standardization are indeed expected to support the growth of the offshore solar energy market as they did for wind energy.
Just a couple of weeks earlier, the Dutch announced a similar project in the North Sea. The participants of this startup plan to build an object using standard solar modules in three years. “We will check how these panels work in salt water and in adverse weather conditions”, said a representative of the Netherlands Energy Research Center.
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