Offshore floating solar power specialist, SolarDuck, is to build a 5-MW demonstrator plant, with energy storage capacity, at the Hollandse Kust West VII wind farm in waters off the Netherlands.
The contract, awarded by German-based energy multinational RWE in July, is a significant step forward for Dutch-Norwegian SolarDuck as it seeks to commercialise floating solar technology. The facility is due to be commissioned in 2026.
The development of hybrid offshore wind and floating solar projects offers significant benefits, SolarDuck said in a statement. The combined systems can make the most of complementarities between wind and solar, as well as making better use of existing offshore infrastructure. This will boost the global decarbonisation drive by raising sustainable energy production, particularly in sunny regions of the world where land is scarce.
“This is a flagship project for SolarDuck and an important milestone for the wider offshore floating solar industry,” declared the company’s CEO, Koen Burgers. “SolarDuck, being the first to build a hybrid project at this scale, will demonstrate the robustness of our solution, prove the important role of system integration in building future-fit energy systems, and enable the scaling of the technology to accelerate its adoption.”
Floating solar power demonstrator at Dutch wind farm