Jan de Nul, DEME, Tractebel launch offshore PV project

Mar 8, 2023 05:02 PM ET
  • Seavolt is a floating solar array that can hold up against harsh conditions according to the trio
Jan de Nul, DEME, Tractebel launch offshore PV project
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Belgian companions Jan De Nul, Tractebel, and also DEME have actually introduced Seavolt (pictured), a new offshore floating photovoltaic (PV) innovation.

This technology is an outcome of joint research and development, integrating the expertise of solar, ecological and also offshore experts, the trio stated.

They included that Seavolt technology (patent pending) can stand up to harsh offshore problems while creating large surfaces that are protected from the waves.

The modular layout enables simple adaptation to various websites and also demands, while advantages include regional renewable energy production as well as the possibility to mount the panels in offshore windfarms (where regional authorities permit multi-use concessions), according to the programmers.

Another advantage is the enhancement of huge volumes of renewable resource capacity in a relatively short time, they included.

The companions, along with Ghent University, started the VLAIO-funded research study project MPVAQUA (Marine PV Aquaculture) within the structure of Blue Cluster 4 years earlier.

An aquatic floater principle was created together with initial research study on results on the aquatic ecosystem, integration of aquaculture, as well as a financial assessment.

Following lab testing, the partners are presently establishing an offshore test installation which will be introduced off the Belgian shore in summer 2023.

In addition, in partnership with RBINS, parallel tracks concentrating on the ecosystem, the environment and also cost performance are being released with the assistance of the Energy Transition Fund and the Federal Relaunch Fund.

Philippe Hutse, offshore director at Jan De Nul Group claimed: "We are enjoyed launch the Seavolt innovation, which represents the conclusion of years of hard work as well as technology in offshore PV technology together with our partners.

" Seavolt is a trusted, cost-effective, and eco-friendly remedy that can be deployed in even the harshest offshore conditions.

" As the offshore wind sector remains to expand, we believe that it has the prospective to play a critical function in optimizing using space on the sea by matching offshore wind ranches.

" We are excited to see how Seavolt will form the future of renewable energy as well as contribute to a more sustainable future."

Tractebel chief executive Philippe Van Troeye claimed: "In the same way that we have actually seen wind technology relocating from land to the sea, we are seeing the expansion of the entire energy system in the direction of offshore locations.

" Together with offshore green fuel production, offshore energy islands, interconnectors as well as potential remedies for energy storage, we believe offshore floating PV has an essential function to play in the acceleration of the energy transition.

" While this modern technology is still in its infancy, we are encouraged that with such solid partners aboard we are offering Seavolt all possible opportunities to succeed."

Luc Vandenbulcke, president of DEME Team included: "With our focus on functioning towards a lasting earth, DEME is once again revealing its pioneering spirit.

" By functioning carefully with like-minded companions, we have created Seavolt - a new renewable resource option which has wonderful potential to accelerate the clean energy transition.

" DEME has decades of understanding concerning what it implies to run in an offshore environment, as well as we are already the leading service provider in the offshore wind market.

" Our team believe combining solar and also wind energy offshore gives superb opportunities for the future."



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