Offshore solar to feature in hybrid marine energy demonstration plant

An offshore, “open ocean” solar farm co-located with floating wind turbines will be developed off the Belgian coast as part of a major European bid to demonstrate the large-scale, continuous power potential of hybrid offshore marine energy parks.

The €45 m project, called the European SCalable Offshore Renewable Energy Sources (EU -SCORES), will combine the technologies and expertise of 16 project partners led by the DMEC (Dutch Marine Energy Centre), including RWE RenewablesEnel Green Power and Simply Blue Energy.

A statement from UK Project partners, offshore engineering company INNOSEA, said the consortium would start work this month on “two highly comprehensive and impactful demonstrations,” including an offshore solar farm colocated with wind.

Innosea said the 3MW solar system would be developed by Oceans of Energy off the Belgian coast and would be co-located with a “bottom fixed” offshore wind farm.

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