Equinor to pilot floating solar off Norway

Jan 14, 2021 06:21 PM ET
  • Collaboration with Moss Maritime will construct the 80x80m plant in late summer season 2021
Equinor to pilot floating solar off Norway
Image: Moss Maritime

Equinor working with Moss Maritime to start checking floating solar in the sea off the island of Froya, off Trondheim in Norway.

The collaboration will develop the floating solar pilot plant in the late summertime of 2021, making it the very first of its kind to be situated in rough waters.

" If we succeed right here, we can do well anywhere," states Hanne Wigum, Equinor wind and solar innovation unit head.

The municipality of Froya has actually been positive to and also is associated with the planning of the pilot plant, Equinor stated.

The overseas wind programmer has actually filed an application with the Norwegian Water Resources and also Energy Directorate.

The floating solar pilot plant will determine 80 metres settled and its highest point will certainly disappear than 3 metres above the sea surface area.

The pilot plant will certainly be checked for minimal one year.

The goal is to see how the climate condition influence the plant, as opposed to see how much energy is generated.

Wigum stated: "The municipality of Froya has actually been a good cooperation companion for us.

" We have actually gotten to an agreement with the grid proprietor, enabling the electrical energy that is created to enter the power grid on Froya.

" In enhancement, the proximity to our study centre in Trondheim, and the knowledge had by the Sintef as well as NTNU research study organizations, represent an advantage for us."

Froya mayor Kristin Furunes Stromskag included: "It is really amazing that Froya has been picked as the host district for the screening of new renewable resource resources, such as solar power.

" With our natural conditions, we are an excellent location for a full-scale pilot plant within r & d."

Moss Maritime, which has dealt with the idea for the past 3 years, said the pilot plant will certainly be an important step on the road towards modern technology commercialisation, and also important for more growth and also optimisation of the principle.

Other floating solar projects Equinor is involved in include a project off Sri Lanka, located in calm waters, concentrated on optimizing output.

Equinor is additionally involved in a project in the Netherlands, making up three different floating solar power ideas being checked on a lake, to give understanding regarding the resilience and predictability of manufacturing under rougher conditions than in other existing production websites for floating solar power.

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