Nautical SUNRISE to Test 5MW Offshore Solar Plant at Dutch Wind Farm

(Credit: SolarDuck)
(Credit: SolarDuck)

Nautical SUNRISE consortium partners have launched the EU-backed project whose aim is to facilitate research and development of offshore floating solar systems and its components.

The Nautical SUNRISE project, supported with $7.35 million of Horizon Europe funding, aims to design, build, and showcase a 5 MW offshore floating solar system using the modular solution of Dutch floating solar company SolarDuck.

With RWE providing the investment for the installation and deployment, the system is planned to be electrically integrated, certified, and located within RWE’s OranjeWind (Hollandse Kust West VII) wind farm off the west coast of the Netherlands.

Prior to the offshore deployment, the Nautical SUNRISE consortium will conduct extensive research and testing to ensure the reliability, survivability, electrical stability, and yield of offshore floating solar systems.

A comprehensive scale-up plan will address the challenges and create opportunities to drive forward the commercialization of offshore floating solar systems.

With sustainability in mind, Nautical SUNRISE is committed to consider the environmental impact and sustainability of offshore floating solar. The project will assess the environmental footprint, circularity, and full life cycle sustainability of offshore floating solar systems.

This assessment will not only cover the demonstrator project but also include multiple GW-scale commercial projects, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the technology's ecological implications.

The $9 million project is led by Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), with partners SolarDuck, RWE, Blunova - a Carlo Maresca Group company, Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group, Deltares, Hasselt University (UHasselt), KU Leuven, Oxford PV, SINTEF Industry, SINTEF Ocean, The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC-CERCA), INESC TEC, and WavEC Offshore Renewables.

"We are excited to coordinate the Nautical SUNRISE project as one of the flagship initiatives of offshore solar in Europe. Not only do we have the chance to address important knowledge gaps around the design and environmental impact of offshore solar. Together with RWE and the OranjeWind consortium we can do so in full alignment and integration with a commercial offshore wind farm,” said Simon Stark, CTO at DMEC.

"This subsidy allows SolarDuck with its partners to push the environmental boundary of the design and at the same time get an in-depth understanding of the ecological and reliability of the design,” added Don Hoogendoorn, SolarDuck’s CTO.


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