Dutch startup to construct floating photo voltaic array at North Sea wind farm

A Dutch startup has been awarded a contract to put in floating photo voltaic panels at an offshore wind farm within the North Sea. 

Oceans of Power secured the contract from CrossWind, a three way partnership between Shell and Eneco. The renewable vitality startup has been tasked with constructing a 0.5MW floating array between wind generators on the 750MW Hollands Kust Noord wind farm, positioned 18.5km off the coast of the Netherlands.  

In accordance with the startup, which was based in 2016 by Dutch engineer and entrepreneur Allard van Hoeken, this may be the primary offshore photo voltaic farm on the planet to be linked, put in, and operated inside a wind farm in “high-wave situations”.

The photo voltaic panels shall be located in between the offshore wind generators, offering backup energy on sunnier however much less windy days. The panels shall be moored to the wind generators and linked to the identical cables, transporting vitality effectively to finish customers. 

Van Hoeken says the mission “will perform for instance for mixed offshore wind and photo voltaic parks sooner or later.”

The photo voltaic array will present vitality for round 500 households as soon as it hyperlinks as much as the Dutch electrical grid in 2025, two years after the wind farm comes on-line.  

Till now the startup has primarily relied on subsidies from the Dutch authorities, of which it has raised €20m thus far. Monetary particulars of the brand new contract with CrossWind, nevertheless, weren’t disclosed.