Netherlands’ first floating PV plant is under construction


Dutch water management agency Rijkswaterstaat, which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and Port of Rotterdam Authority announced the start of works for a pilot floating PV project.

The PV power generator, which is being installed at De Slufter, a depot for contaminated dredging spoil on the western edge of Rotterdam’s port area, will be tested to study the possibility of installing a large-scale floating solar farm at the site, the authority said. In addition, the project will examine which conditions such projects need to satisfy to obtain a permit from the responsible water authority.

Rijkswaterstaat announced in March it intended to make water surfaces and other land under its control available for the installation of PV and other renewable energy power plants.

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Furthermore, the agency said it intends to use the surface of the IJsselmeer, a shallow artificial lake of 1100 km² in the central Netherlands bordering the province of Flevoland. Rijkswaterstaat stressed that Floating PV projects will also be part of the plan, which was dubbed PetaPlan.

According to a report released by Credence Research in March, the floating solar panels market was valued at US$1.50 Bn in 2016, and is expected to reach US$ 1.58 Bn by 2022, expanding at a CAGR of 113.9% from 2016 to 2022.

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