Netherlands: Newly created consortium to develop floating PV

The consortium, which has received funding from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), is formed by Waterschap Rivierland, Blue 21 BV, Hakkers BV and TU Delft.

Waterschap Rivierland, the water authority of the Dutch provincies of Zuid-Holland, Gelderland, Noord-Brabant and Utrecht, has joined forces with Dutch companies Blue21 and Hakkers NV, and with the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) unit of Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to develop a new floating PV technology dubbed Innozowa.

The consortium, which is also being financially supported by the government-run Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), aims to develop a flexible design of floating solar panels on inland waters and make optimal use of the available surface area, “all at a competitive price”.

Waterschap Rivierland said that the water-rich Netherlands, which has around 52,000 hectares of shallow inland water, offers a huge potential for floating PV applications.

The first pilot project, the agency went on to say, will be implemented at a water reservoir in Weurt, near the town of Nijmegen in the province of Gelderland. “With the results of this pilot project, we expect to have sufficient data and experience to further scale up the plan,” Waterschap Rivierland stressed.

Construction on Netherlands’ first floating PV plant started in September. The project is being developed at the port of Rotterdam by Dutch water management agency Rijkswaterstaat, which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Rijkswaterstaat announced in March it intended to make water surfaces and other land under its control available for the installation of PV and other renewable energy power plants.

 

Blue21 proud team member of INNOZOWA

Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland, Blue21, Hakkers BV and TU Delft recently signed an agreement to collectively realise a revolutionary method for generating solar energy on water.

The project operates under the name INNOZOWA, which is derived from the Dutch product description: innovatieve (innovative) zon-pv (Solar PV; solar panels) op (on) water (water). The intention is to develop a flexible design of floating solar panels on inland waters and make optimal use of the available surface area, all at a competitive price.

Moreover, within INNOZOWA, opportunities are examined to create added value for local ecology.

Further infomation can be found at the INNOZOWA website.

Inspiring days at the [email protected] kick-off meeting. DeltaSync and its partners look forward to a promising collaboration

Last week, at the kick-off meeting in Wageningen, representatives from 17 different partners set the cornerstone for a promising three years research. The Horizon 2020 funded project [email protected] aims to revolutionise working and living offshore by developing standardised and cost efficient modular platforms with low ecological impact. Believing that in the future there will be an increasing demand for safe and cost efficient deck space at sea, our team and its European partners will be addressing the conceptualization of marine floating islands that are intended for human habitation. We are glad to be part of such an innovative and exciting research project and can’t wait to start collaborating!

To access the official [email protected] twitter account and with it the latest tweet about the kick-off meeting in Wageningen please click here.

Blue21 attending Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017 in Halifax, Canada

Next week the 5th World Ocean Council: The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017 will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

We will be there and our co-founder Rutger de Graaf will be presenting during a plenary session on “Ocean 2030: Ocean Industry Projections and the Future of the Ocean Economy”. His presentation will be about floating developments and innovative monitoring on behalf of Blue21 and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

For more information on this event, please click here.

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