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SolarDuck and RWE Launch Offshore Floating Solar Pilot Project in Dutch North Sea

SolarDuck, in collaboration with RWE, has successfully deployed the Merganser offshore floating solar (OFPV) pilot project in the Dutch North Sea. This significant achievement marks a crucial step in harnessing solar energy in challenging offshore environments.

The Merganser project, boasting a capacity of 0.5 MWp, is strategically located approximately 12 kilometers off the coast of Scheveningen. It comprises six interconnected platforms designed to endure harsh offshore conditions, demonstrating the feasibility of large-scale deployment. The installation, facilitated by SolarDuck’s innovative triangular-shaped floating platforms, promises robust performance in the face of unpredictable oceanic conditions.

Sven Utermöhlen, CEO of RWE Offshore Wind, emphasized the broader implications of this venture, stating, “Offshore floating solar could unlock new avenues for renewable energy, particularly in regions with ample sunlight but lower wind speeds. The insights gained from Merganser are pivotal in shaping the future of offshore renewable technologies.”

SolarDuck’s CEO, Koen Burgers, highlighted the collaborative effort behind Merganser’s success, underlining the contributions of partners such as TNO, TU Delft, MARIN, and Deltares. He expressed optimism about the project’s potential impact on global energy solutions, supported by a robust supply chain including Damen Shipyards and Norsk Hydro.

The deployment of Merganser aligns with RWE’s ambitious “Growing Green” strategy, aimed at expanding renewable energy investments worldwide. By 2030, RWE plans to invest €55 billion in various green projects, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable energy solutions. The partnership with SolarDuck underscores RWE’s leadership in offshore wind and its proactive stance in advancing decarbonization efforts.

Over the next two years, Merganser will undergo rigorous monitoring to assess its structural integrity and environmental impact. Deltares will conduct extensive ecological assessments, contributing valuable insights into the project’s sustainability.

SolarDuck, a Dutch-Norwegian company rooted in maritime expertise, continues to innovate with its scalable OFPV technology, catering to diverse global energy demands. The company’s vision to electrify the world with offshore floating solar reflects its dedication to sustainable energy solutions.

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