One more step towards offshore photovoltaics – pv magazine International
Dutch start-up SolarDuck has obtained approval in principle for its offshore floating platforms. Its 64 kW pilot project on the coastal waters of the largest river in the Netherlands has been validated by Bureau Veritas.
Netherlands-based testing, inspection and certification (TIC) provider Bureau Veritas (BV) has granted Dutch start-up SolarDuck approval in principle (AIP) for its offshore floating solar solution ” King Eider ”.
An AIP is a framework used by BV to demonstrate the feasibility of a project for new technologies that are not covered by traditional normative classification rules. It is used to demonstrate technical feasibility to project partners and regulatory bodies.
“This is the first time that such approval has been granted to floating offshore solar technology, marking the start of a new era for this form of renewable energy, ”SolarDuck said in a statement. “The AIP covers the design methodology of the unit structure. and validates the relevant parts against Guidance Note NI631 on Marine Renewable Energy Technology Certification System, and NI572 on Classification and Certification of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines.
The first 64 kW pilot project was deployed in the coastal waters of the Waal (Rhine), the widest river in the Netherlands, near IJzendoorn, a village in the province of Gelderland. According to its developer, the structure keeps solar panels more than three meters above the water, is able to handle coastal sea conditions and hurricane-force winds, and is optimized for offshore sites in estuaries and natural harbors as well as coastal sites.
“Bureau Veritas is a key name in the maritime industry and well known for its certification of maritime structures. We are extremely grateful for their support and cooperation in certifying our technology and setting standards for the offshore floating solar industry, ”said SolarDuck CEO Koen Burgers.
The company’s basic floating platforms are triangular structures measuring 16x16x16m. They look like floating offshore wind rigs or floating oil rigs. They can be flexibly linked together to form large plants.
“The idea is based on our offshore heritage,” said Burgers pv magazine in March. “Our company is a spin-off of the research department of Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, a company that uses industry best practices to design a reliable solution capable of tackling the harsh maritime environment.”
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