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Ostend-Bruges Airport to host Belgium’s second-largest solar plant

EnergyVision, a Belgian developer, has revealed plans to build a €35 million ($37.9 million), 40 MW PV facility for Ostend-Bruges Airport. The project will involve 66,200 solar modules, each with outputs of 605 W. Construction is set to begin in September.

Engie to deploy 380 MW/1.52 GWh of battery storage in Belgium

Engie will deploy three giant batteries across three different parts of Belgium. All of the facilities will be able to provide power for up to four hours.

Belgium’s Flanders region launches new call for solar rebates

The Flemish authorities have allocated a budget of €3 million ($3.3 million) for the first round of its solar rebate scheme. The call is open to homeowners, businesses, public organizations, and energy communities.


Imec unveils 781 cm2 bifacial perovskite solar panel with 11.9% efficiency

Scientists in Belgium have developed perovskite solar panels with a thermally stable device stack. The encapsulated bifacial panels they created with this configuration were able to retain around 92% of their initial efficiency after 1,000 hours.


Belgian developer starts digging hole for geothermal heat pumps in Bruges

Property developer Steenoven and an undisclosed construction contractor have started drilling a borehole for a new thermal energy storage system in the historic city of Bruges, Belgium.


The Hydrogen Stream: Zimbabwe to develop first utility-scale plant

HDF and ZETDC have signed Zimbabwe’s first utility-scale green hydrogen power plant, with 178 GWh of expected annual electricity production. Rystad Energy, meanwhile, says Africa’s total electrolyzer pipeline has hit 114 GW.


Belinus unveils shingle solar panels with 20.1% efficiency

Belgium-based Belinus says its new PV modules feature a nominal power rating of 420 W and a power conversion efficiency of 20.1%. It says plans are also in place to build a 500 MW solar panel factory at an unspecified Belgian site.

Belgian consortium unveils offshore floating PV platform

Tractebel, DEME, and Jan De Nul will deploy a pilot offshore floating PV facility off the Belgian coast in the summer. The Seavolt floating platform is reportedly able to withstand difficult offshore conditions.

Photovoltaic electolyzer with shingled solar panels, anion exchange membrane

Scientists in Belgium have designed a solar-powered electrolyzer that uses standard-sized, large area shingled silicon PV for water splitting. The system is reportedly able to achieve solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 10% at electrolyzer current densities of approximately 60 mA cm−2.


The Hydrogen Stream: Novel design for high-power PEM fuel cells

South Korean researchers have revealed a scalable production method for platinum-based fuel cell catalysts, while Germany moved forward on its hydrogen strategy by signing agreements with Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands.


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