A Belgian consortium together with the Tractebel engineering subsidiary of the French vitality firm Engie has unveiled a brand new offshore floating platform for photovoltaic purposes.
The group, which additionally consists of Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME), marine offshore specialist Jan De Nul and Ghent College, plans to deploy its first demonstrator on the Belgian coast in the summertime of 2023.
Referred to as Seavolt, the floating platform is claimed to have the ability to face up to harsh coastal situations.
“The modular design permits for simple adaptation to completely different websites and calls for,” the consortium stated in a press release, with out offering additional technical particulars. “Advantages embrace native renewable vitality manufacturing and the opportunity of putting in panels in offshore windfarms. One other benefit is the addition of enormous quantities of renewable vitality capability in a brief time period.
Tractebel can be engaged on one other offshore photo voltaic challenge within the North Sea. The group consists of DEME, photo voltaic installer Soltech NV and Ghent College and plans to put in a €2 million array close to an aquaculture farm and an offshore wind challenge.
In a examine revealed in 2020, scientists from Utrecht College within the Netherlands claimed that offshore PV crops could be extra productive than arrays positioned on land after working a simulation evaluating a challenge within the North Sea in a standard subject system within the Utrecht Photovoltaic Outside Take a look at.
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