The company completed its third floating photovoltaic power plant in a record time of just 6 weeks. Now they are ready to export the Dutch success to other places in Europe.

100 MW of new floating solar power plants for Europe.

After the great Asian records, the Old Continent is also ready to gain a foothold in the floating solar energy market.

He will obviously not be able to boast of pharaonic projects like those in China or Korea, but he has enviable technological know-how to experience a new photovoltaic boom under the pressure of auctions and purchase contracts. long-term electricity (PPA).

Floating photovoltaic technology has community roots: one of the first patents filed belongs to Italy and dates back to February 2008. Since then, the Asia-Pacific solar markets have absorbed almost all of the new capacity. Here, in fact, 87% of the floating panels installed in the world are currently concentrated and, according to industry analysts, the region will continue to dominate the sector for simple technical reasons: in these countries, the availability of land is limited or the land use costs. are outrageous, making stilt installations a very convenient option.

But even in Europe, this solution is gaining ground, but with much lower market volumes. The latest example comes from the company BayWa re which, together with its Dutch partner GroenLeven, has made a name for itself these days for building a floating solar power plant in just six weeks. A record for the sector which also offers an excellent technological showcase. Sekdoom It is located near the Dutch town of Zwolle. Equipped with 40,000 solar panels, the park has a capacity of 14.5 MW and, when fully operational, must produce enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 4,000 families.

The differential point of Skedoom lies in its own design system which reduces labor time and has led the company to a privileged position in the European floating photovoltaic sector.

In just a few months, we have built 25 MW of floating solar power plants in the Netherlands, which makes us one of the biggest developers of this technology in Europe. We are already working on floating photovoltaic projects in Germany, France, Italy and Spain – the potential in Europe is really significant.

Benedikt Ortmann, Global Director of the BayWa re photovoltaic power plant

And the Old Continent continues to be the main objective of the company which announces, in the near future, an additional 100 MW of installations.

The potential of floating solar power plants in Europe.

Solar panels, when installed in economically exploited water bodies, such as hydroelectric basins, fish farms or old open pit mine shafts, are able to reduce water evaporation and contain algae blooms.

Sector studies reveal, for example, that in particularly arid climates, the system can block up to 80% of evaporation, saving 20,000 cubic meters of water per year per hectare of covered area.

And there are those who, like the scientists at ISE Fraunhofer, wanted to calculate the still unexplored potential of former coal mining lakes: German research estimated that using only the basins of former lignite mines in Germany , 15 GW of floating solar systems could be built. A parallel study by the World Bank Group, on the other hand, revealed a potential of 20 GW for Europe, exploiting only 1% of the surface of artificial reservoirs.

Obviously, to realize this potential, ad hoc supportive policies and measures are needed, which currently only exist in two Member States: France and the Netherlands.

We have shown that floating solar power is technically manageable and costs a little more than terrestrial systems. To optimize the cost of electricity (LCOE), the stability and longevity of the systems are absolutely essential. This is why we have designed a whole new concept of floating system with our partners.

Benedikt Ortmann, Global Director of the BayWa re photovoltaic power plant.

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