• 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 6

11:02 Yang Ming sets up subsidiary in China
10:45 Largest Latvian transit companies represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week
10:17 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG Carriers
10:12 Joint Russian-Vietnamese exercise underway in Cam Ranh
09:59 MAN Energy Solutions and Orcan Energy agree to collaborate
09:49 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 06
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.44% to $63.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $58.23
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,575 points
08:31 DNV GL awards Hudong-Zhonghua AiP certificate for gas-fueled 25000 TEU containership design

2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes
17:09 ABS presents its innovative work at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee
16:48 Traficom: new study published on indicative analysis methods used in the control of ships’ ballast water treatment
16:32 Port of Gdynia increased container handling by 13% to 750.439 thousand tons in 10M’2019
16:09 Nexans, Eversource and Ørsted sign Framework Agreement for North American Offshore Wind Farm development with the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 kilometers of export cable for multiple Ørsted projects till 2027 in United States
15:52 Jotun A/S and COSCO Shipping International HK renew JV agreement
15:31 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs down 9% to 9.57 million tonnes in 11M’19
15:10 The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT
14:47 Port of Gdynia completed modernization and redevelopment of its video surveillance system
14:30 Port of Ipswich celebrates new partnership milestone with Metsä Wood UK
14:09 Maersk launches new visibility tool “Captain Peter”
13:51 ABP appointed new Head of Operations for Humber International Terminal
13:28 Moscow Canal completed project on digital mapping of Russia’s inland water ways
13:09 Georgia Ports Authority set to exceed 4.6M TEUs for the first time in a calendar year
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in Marintec China 2019
12:30 Crew of IBSV Gennadiy Nevelskoy rescued three men in Sea of Okhotsk
12:08 GTT and WISON sign a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of membrane tank systems
11:53 AS Tallink Grupp reports increase of passenger and cargo turnover in November 2019
11:26 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 3.4% to 281.4 million tonnes in 11M’19
11:08 LR collaborates with DSIC and Man Energy Solutions for first ammonia-fuelled ULCS in China
10:47 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg sees mixed price movements, Russia (graph)
10:30 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Currency Adjustment Factor for North Europe as of January 1, 2020