Industry experts to develop high-wave offshore solar panels

Concept image of floating solar panels. Credit: ENGIE Marine

A consortium of Tractebel, Jan De Nul Group, DEME, Soltech, and Ghent University has announced the launch of a joint project to develop marine floating solar technology.

The group is set to develop solar photovoltaic panels in offshore waters, with the view for them to become the future of green energy sources. Combined with aquaculture and offshore wind power, this technology will allow for a more efficient use of available space.

An approximate budget of EUR2 million (USD2.2 million) has been set aside, provided by industry with government support. The consortium will use the budget to develop the new concepts and perform laboratory and field testing and take the first steps towards the commercialisation of the technology.

Once developed, the offshore solar farms will be situated in the Belgian North Sea and will eventually be combined with wind farms or aquaculture.