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.

Blue21 designs shown in The New York Times, NBC Mach and World Economic Forum articles

We already mentioned the article in The New York Times with Blue21 designs for the French Polynesia floating island project.

But there is more! This week, also NBC Mach published an inspiring article on Blue Frontiers and the French Polynesia floating village project on the south side of the main island of Tahiti.

Our creative director Bart Roeffen is quoted, explaining “he wanted to create something for the Tahitian lagoon that didn’t look out of place.”

“From a distance, the floating village will look almost like a natural island, with a green “living roof” of gardens that will also help filter waste water. The buildings will be constructed with recycled materials where possible, making extensive use of local renewable materials, such as coconut wood.

Roeffen says the technologies needed for floating communities will become increasingly important, especially in islands and in coastal regions threatened by rising sea levels. But there is also a primal appeal to living on the water, reflected in the high value of coastal land.”

“The fringes between the land and the water are where everything comes together,” Roeffen says, “so what we would like to do is to create more fringes.”

World Economic Forum had also published an article back in March 2017 including a former Blue21design for this project. Please read the full article here.

[email protected] sets out to revolutionise floating islands

Press release from MARIN.

 

Horizon 2020 funded project [email protected] commenced its work on November 1, 2017 setting out to make a step in efficient use of the maritime environment. The consortium consisting of 17 European partners aim to provide sustainable and affordable workspace at sea by developing a standardised and cost efficient modular island with low ecological impact. Project coordinator Maarten Flikkema (MARIN) says: “The three-year project can be regarded as a success if the modular design of the multi-use platform has successfully been validated in a relevant environment at model scale”.

[email protected] will study the most suitable shape of the floaters to minimise the motions. As starting point triangles will be used which also allow for a modular design maximising the flexibility to add and remove deck space and applications if necessary. Offshore specialists will contribute to design a shared mooring solution in combination with a remote monitoring and sensing system to reduce installation and maintenance costs.

In [email protected] four applications will be studied being farming, transport and logistics hub, energy hub and living. To show the potential of multi-use modular floating islands [email protected] will conclude with the evaluation of three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe. [email protected] will initiate digital communication to those interested through a project website and Twitter (@SpaceAtSea). Workshops and other result sharing activities will be announced through these streams.


[email protected] is partly funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme under project number 774253. Partners working together in this MARIN coordinated project are DeltaSync, DST, Nemos Delft University, Mocean Offshore, TU Hamburg Harburg, Bluewater, University of Rostock, Gicon-Grossmann, Wageningen University, University Duisburg-Essen, TU Graz, Waterstudio, Icepronav, Val Fou and DEME.

Floating cities: the solution to land scarcity, sea level rise and climate change

Beeldzeggend Filmproducties has shared an impressive mini-documentary on YouTube presenting several experts (among which our co-founder Rutger de Graaf) on sustainability, transition management, governance, water technology and floating developments. At Blue21, we are already convinced that floating cities are the solution to worldwide land scarcity and the recipe for dealing with sea level rise and climate change. We know we should sway with water instead of only raising land. Now a climate adaptive reaction of the government is required…

As the video clearly explains, not everybody shares the innovative ideas and opinions of these experts. Most people react sceptically against living on water, since water should be considered a threat. Now, the time has come to prove that nothing is further from the truth. The Floating Pavilion, developed by DeltaSync in co-operation with the Municipality of Rotterdam is proof!

How great an opportunity it would be for The Netherlands to accommodate the first knowledge and expertise centre in the field of floating construction!

It is just a matter of time…

Feature article in ‘Nature’ on floating island project illustrated with Blue21 designs

Earlier this week, world-renowned science magazine Nature published a feature article about the collaboration between The Seateading Institute, Blue Frontiers and Blue21 on their first floating island project in French Polynesia.

Our co-founder Bart Roeffen has been interviewed on the design part of the project and the article has been illustrated with his latest designs!

The full article can be read here.

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