Engineering firm INNOSEA has been awarded a European H2020 grant to undertake a research and development (R&D) project to support more efficient and cost-effective designs of floating solar PV plants.
The project is led by EURAC European Academy of Bolzano in Italy and will be resourced by INNOSEA, with support from parent company LOC’s wider renewable energy-focused teams around the world. Work on the research project will start in September 2020 and is anticipated to take about four years to complete.
INNOSEA’s focus will be on:
Comparative performance and reliability of floating versus ground-mounted solar PV
Numerical modelling of floating solar farm behavior and the operations and maintenance drivers
Guidelines for future revamping and repowering
Floating solar has significant synergy with hydropower, as the reservoirs impounded by many dams provide ideal locations for this technology. For example, just last month Hydro Review reported that Statkraft plans to start the construction of a 2-MWp floating solar pilot project in the reservoir of the 72-MW Banja hydropower plant in Albania.
“Winning projects of this nature reflects the expertise we have built and developed at INNOSEA, and across the wider LOC Group, in renewable energy and namely in floating solar PV,” said Félix Gorintin, head of floating solar at INNOSEA. “It is an area of the energy market we have been focused on for several years. That effort is now being rewarded in the work we are being offered, which establishes a strong knowledge base for the success of future floating solar projects worldwide.”
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 952957.
This article was adapted from one that first appeared on Power Engineering International.