Vattenfall to build its first floating solar farm in the Netherlands

The first floating photo voltaic farm developed by Vattenfall will probably be constructed within the Netherlands. In late December, Vattenfall will begin building of the photo voltaic farm, which may have a capability of 1.2 megawatt.

Space for constructing photo voltaic farms is scarce within the Netherlands. One answer is to assemble floating photo voltaic farms, for instance on ponds and swimming pools that type as the results of sand and gravel extraction. Through this initiative, Vattenfall helps to convey demand for energy in step with sustainable era. An further profit is that the water cools the panels naturally, which will increase their effectivity in comparison with land-based photo voltaic panels.

At the location in Gendringen, the place Netterden, Vattenfall´s accomplice within the venture, has been extracting sand and gravel for twenty-five years, there’s an electrical sand pump within the water. Together with the related sorting and processing tools it consumes round 2.5 million kilowatt-hours per yr. Over the years, the extraction actions have created a pond on which an island with floating photo voltaic panels will probably be constructed. This photo voltaic farm will meet half of the location’s energy demand.

“At Vattenfall, our mission is to make fossil-free dwelling attainable inside one era.

Our shared ambition for a sustainable future has introduced us collectively on this venture. I imagine it’s particular that Netterden’s determination to launch this venture is pushed by their imaginative and prescient concerning socially accountable enterprise. Renewable vitality is a pure a part of this,” says Ivo Iprenburg, Business Development Manager Real Estate at Vattenfall.

Vattenfall is the prime contractor and is overseeing the whole course of, whereas Netterden is offering the funding. Construction will begin in late 2019. The photo voltaic island is predicted to be operational by May 2020.

Gendringen is a village within the Dutch province of Gelderland, 20 km northwest of the German metropolis Bocholt.