Wind Energy – Offshore Solar
Oceans of Energy has been awarded the contract for installing and operating offshore solar inside the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind park by CrossWind, a joint-venture between Shell and Eneco.
This is the first offshore solar farm in the world to be connected, installed and operated within a wind farm in high wave conditions. The offshore solar farm will be realized in 2025, the wind park will be operational by the end of 2023.
With offshore solar added to offshore wind it is possible to also produce energy on sunny but less windy days and hence increase the utilization of the offshore power grid infrastructure. The solar panels will be situated in-between the offshore wind turbines, an efficient way of sharing the sea space.
The project has many first offs:
- First wind park in the world with an offshore combination of battery storage and round-trip green hydrogen produced from offshore wind power on a MegaWatt scale.
- First wind park that has committed to mature and demonstrate offshore wake control technologies like closed-loop active wake steering in combination with the novel active wake mixing in order to increase the efficiency of wind parks.
- First offshore solar system in the world electrically connected and operated within a wind park in harsh sea conditions.