• 2019 July 18 16:07

    Large maritime market players join hands to create high-wave offshore solar panels

    A consortium of Tractebel, Jan De Nul Group, DEME, Soltech and Ghent University is proud to announce the launch of an innovative project in the field of marine floating solar technology. The partners strongly believe that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in offshore waters are one of the essential future green energy sources. Combined in the same location with aquaculture and offshore wind power, this innovative technology allows for a more efficient use of available space.

    High-wave offshore solar technology as a logical step in the energy market
    While solar PV technology costs are still constantly decreasing, the evolution towards high-wave offshore applications is a logical next step after fresh water floating PV on lakes and dams and low-wave offshore applications in lagoons and other sheltered environments. Factors such as land scarcity, large scale standardization and NIMBY impact are indeed expected to support the growth of the offshore solar energy market as they did for wind energy. More generally, this expansion can be seen as a step towards the further development of the Blue Economy, driving concepts such as cities on the water, offshore energy hubs, etc.

    A challenging environment
    Taking solar technology to a rough offshore environment needs the existing solar PV panels to be adapted to resist salty water and withstand strong currents and wave action. In addition, a cost competitive concept for the floater structure should be designed. Finally, ecosystem integration of the floating PV panels will be investigated from the start, to reduce the impact as much as possible.

    A consortium with a proven track record
    The consortium partners bring together all required skills and expertise to make this innovative project a success.  While Tractebel has built strong engineering skills in both PV technology and offshore engineering, DEME and Jan De Nul Group are highly experienced in marine operations and involved in numerous windfarm developments and installations. Soltech is an expert in specialized solar PV panels and Ghent University is one of the leading knowledge centers in offshore engineering, aquaculture and ecosystem research.

    A joint industry and government initiative
    The consortium, led by Tractebel, was set up in the framework of the Flemish Blue Cluster and is strongly supported by VLAIO. For this initiative, the budget of about € 2 Mio is a result of joined forces between industry and government support. With these means, the consortium aims to develop new concepts and perform laboratory and field testing to take the first steps towards the commercialization of the technology.  

    A pioneering solution
    The partners of the consortium are the first in Belgium to explore this pioneering offshore solar solution.  Their ambition is also to be the first to realize offshore solar farms in the Belgian North Sea - eventually in combination with windfarms or aquaculture. In this way, the partners position themselves in this new, fast-evolving market.

    Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director at Jan De Nul Group: “We are proud to be part of this research programme and pioneering solution. Jan De Nul strongly believes in offshore renewables and is keen to explore alternative solutions such as Floating Solar PV as part of the future offshore energy mix. Therefore we wish to join forces with industry and government to accelerate this sustainable solution.”

    Denis Lohest, CEO of Tractebel in Belgium: “This groundbreaking initiative perfectly fits Tractebel’s ambition to become a world leader in offshore engineering for energy production, storage and transport. Following our active involvement in one of the world’s first floating wind farms, it is a great honor for us to team up with key energy players for the development of first-of-its-kind technology for high-wave offshore solar panels.”

    Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO of DEME: “At DEME we are confident that high wave offshore solar technology can play a key role in realising a sustainable energy transition. With our know-how, high-tech equipment and innovative solutions, we have always been a pioneer in the renewable energy market and look forward to working with our consortium partners to develop and install the world’s first high wave offshore solar farm in Belgium.”

    Stefan Dewallef, Product Development Manager at Soltech: “Soltech is looking forward to the challenge of developing marine-suitable PV panels that can withstand harsh offshore conditions.”

    Dr. ir. Margriet Drouillon, Senior Business Developer at Ghent University: “This multidisciplinary project fits perfectly within Ghent University’s strong efforts to expand its Research & Development in marine / maritime sciences and Blue Growth in general. With the Laboratory of Aquaculture, the Environmental Toxicology Unit and the Maritime Technology Division, we have three expert research groups in their field participating in the project.”

    About Jan De Nul Group
    Design. Build. Connect. Jan De Nul Group shapes water and land. Worldwide. From complex offshore services for the energy sector, over large dredging and reclamation projects on the edge of water and land, to all possible civil constructions on land. Well integrated competences and investments lead to creative, sustainable and innovative solutions. In this way Jan De Nul Group meets the customers’ current and future wishes.
    About Tractebel
    At the helm of the Energy Transition, Tractebel provides a full range of engineering and advisory services throughout the life cycle of its clients’ projects, including design and project management. As one of the world’s leading engineering and advisory companies and with more than 150 years of experience, it's our mission to actively shape the world of tomorrow. With about 5,000 experts and presence in more than 70 countries, we are able to offer our customers multidisciplinary solutions in energy, water and urban.

    About DEME
    DEME is a world leader in the highly specialized fields of dredging, marine engineering and environmental remediation. The company can build on more than 140 years of know-how and experience. While the company’s roots are in Belgium, DEME has built a strong presence in all of the world’s seas and continents, operating in more than 90 countries worldwide with approx. 5,200 highly skilled professionals across the globe and with a versatile and modern fleet of over 100 vessels.

    About Soltech
    Soltech has been producing, in Belgium, photovoltaic panels for almost 30 years. Next to panels (with complete system engineering) for autonomous and industrial applications, Soltech evolved into a specialist in development and production of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV). Customized solutions and prototyping are our strengths. Soltech has a strong focus on R&D activities, continuous development of novel products and on improvement of existing ones by applying the most advanced technological solutions.

    About Ghent University
    Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Ghent University is internationally renowned for its fundamental and applied research in marine and maritime sciences. It is the only knowledge institution with Blue Growth expertise, across six faculties (Bioscience Engineering, Sciences, Engineering & Architecture, Law & Criminology, Veterinary Medicine and Medicine & Health Sciences). Ghent University wants to expand its research activities within marine / maritime sciences at its Ostend Campus.




2019 December 12

18:36 EBRD finances Tekirdag port on Turkey’s Sea of Marmara
18:05 Dutch Drone Delta established with Port of Rotterdam Authority support
17:51 Port of Southampton continues infrastructure investment with £3m crane
17:30 Baltic Workboats shipyard delivers 19 WP Oilrec workboat
17:05 The European Federation of Inland Ports welcomes the Green Deal for Europe
16:46 MOL orders 2 next-generation 'EeneX' coal carriers
16:43 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Nov’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 10.20 million tonnes
16:26 Klaipėda LNG terminal welcomed three large and four small LNG vessels in November
16:05 Air quality sensor in the Port of Rotterdam checks sulphur emissions from shipping
15:57 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Nov’2019 fell by 35% Y-o-Y to 1.12 million tonnes
15:34 Alewijnse wins electrical contracts for two additional Combi Freighters at Damen Yichang Shipyard
15:00 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Nov'2019 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 17.90 million tonnes
14:36 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches dry cargo carrier Pola Anastasia of Project RSD59
14:12 CMA CGM announces FAK Reefer Rates from North Europe to Asia and Middle East
13:53 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:31 NLNG signs sales deal with Vitol SA
13:12 Austal USA delivers USNS Puerto Rico to U.S. NAVY
12:49 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Nov’2019 grew by 16% Y-o-Y to 56.25 million tonnes
12:24 Lead nuclear-powered icebreaker of Project 22220, Arktika, left for sea trials
12:00 ABS publishes Fuel Cell Guidance to support industry decarbonization objectives
11:38 Port of Ust-Luga handled 95.31 million tonnes in 11M’18, up 6% Y-o-Y
11:13 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 11M'2019 grew by 2% to 55.01 million tonnes
11:10 Verifavia Shipping undertakes IHM services for 29 Attica Group vessels
10:56 Wärtsilä to divest its ELAC Nautik business
10:49 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 11M’2019 fell by 9.4% Y-o-Y to 30 million tonnes
10:26 TransContainer dispatched test train from Korea to Poland
10:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 12
09:47 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.41% to $63.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.14% to $58.84
09:31 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,460 points
09:08 Viking Line’s new vessel to be equipped with Climeon Heat Power System
08:12 Nautilus Labs becomes new Inmarsat fleet data application provider

2019 December 11

18:33 Kongsberg and the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue join forces to develop new SAR solutions
18:03 DOF Subsea secures integrated FSV contract in Africa
17:50 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for 10 months of 2019 totaled 121.2 million tons
17:32 Equinor completes the acquisition of a 50 % interest in the offshore wind development project Bałtyk I in Poland from Polenergia
17:25 LNG in the era of decarbonization: the 6th International LNG Congress 2020 brings up environmental questions
17:13 Port Houston sets new records at container terminals in November 2019
16:54 World's first liquefied hydrogen carrier SUISO FRONTIER launches building an international hydrogen energy supply chain aimed at carbon-free society
16:32 Seaspan Shipyards delivers its second offshore fisheries science vessel to the Canadian Coast Guard
16:13 Port of Virginia сargo volume up nearly 4% in November 2019
15:49 Throughput of port Taganrog in 11M'2019 fell by 7% to 2.59 million tonnes
15:32 Aker BP first ever to use new well stimulation method offshore
15:12 Port of Savannah container volumes up 5.4 percent in November 2019
14:51 Sovcomflot named Company of the Year at the 2019 Lloyd’s List Europe Awards
14:32 Aker Solutions secures contract to support the development of BP’s Cypre project, offshore Trinidad and Tobago
14:12 Port of Oakland export volume up 5.8 percent in November 2019
13:50 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
13:32 Belships enters into two letters of intent for the acquisition of two Ultramax bulk carriers
13:11 Port of Los Angeles moves 728,918 TEUs in November 2019
12:47 Dredge Yard receives an order for a customized Cutter Suction Dredger from Western Potash
12:47 Yamal LNG received all 15 Arc7 ice-class tankers
12:25 Wärtsilä & CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited agree to jointly develop hybrid vessels for the future
12:23 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard starts metal cutting for fourth super trawler ordered by Russian Fishery Company
12:01 ABS and DSME sign digitalization and decarbonization JDP agreement
11:31 New mobile crane increases APM Terminals Yucatán’s productivity by 40%
11:19 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M'2019 grew by 2.7% to 766.8 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
11:12 First LNG bunkering delivered concurrent cargo operations in port of Amsterdam
10:59 Port of Long Beach cargo volumes dip 3.5% in November 2019
10:54 Navigation season of 2019 is over on Russia’s IWW with shipping closed in Azov-Don Basin
10:30 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 11