The Anonymous Widower

SolarDuck & RWE Will Build A Floating Solar Park In The North Sea

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on CleanTechnica.

This is the sub-title.

SolarDuck and RWE will work together on an offshore floating solar project in the North Sea that will include battery storage.

These two paragraphs explain the concept.

Offshore wind is poised to provide a significant proportion of Europe’s electrical energy in the near future. But those towers and turbines have to be spaced fairly far apart to avoid interfering with each other. That leaves a lot of open ocean in between them, ocean that has sunlight falling on it all day long.

SolarDuck, a Dutch/Norwegian company, is working on floating solar technology that would float on the surface of the ocean to generate electricity to supplement the output from those offshore wind turbines. They already need to have undersea cables to carry their electricity ashore. Why not leverage that infrastructure to carry electricity from solar panels as well?

I would only worry about the economics.

I very much feel that the structures can be robust enough, given the wealth of experience with offshore oil and gas platforms and the experience in World War 2 with Lily and Clover.

July 26, 2022 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Harnessing wave energy would give a continuous energy generation rather than sola.

    Comment by Ben | July 26, 2022 | Reply

    • no reason in principle why you couldn’t combine the two

      Comment by Peter Robins | July 26, 2022 | Reply


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