1,85 MW floating solar system in the Netherlands

4/10/18, 2:01 PM -

Floating PV projects are ideal for the Netherlands due to its landscape with rare land areas and abundant water surfaces. In April the construction of the largest commercial floating PV system in Lingewaard will start.

More than 6.100 Q.PEAK-G4.1 300 W monocrystalline solar modules will be installed on the largest PV floating system in the Netherlands.
More than 6.100 Q.PEAK-G4.1 300 W monocrystalline solar modules will be installed on the largest PV floating system in the Netherlands.

Hanwha Q CELLS will equip the largest floating photovoltaic system in the Netherlands with high quality solar modules of its renowned Q CELLS product brand. Tenten Solar Zonnepanelen B.V. has developed the project for Drijvend Zonnepark Lingewaard B.V. under the SDE+ scheme of governmental subsidies in the Netherlands. The solar system will be constructed on a water reservoir in Lingewaard in central Netherlands between April and June 2018. Q CELLS will power the system, which will cover a water surface area of around 15.800 m2, with more than 6.100 Q.PEAK-G4.1 300 W monocrystalline solar modules. The sub construction will consist of swimming pontoons from the French supplier Ciel et Terre.

French based Ciel Terre provides the swimming pontoons for the floating system.

Inverters and optimizers from SolarEdge

The inverters and optimizers will be supplied from SolarEdge. Reaching a total nominal power of 1.85 MW, the solar system is expected to produce around 1.757,5 MWh of clean electricity per year and feed it into the public grid enough to satisfy the energy demand of more than 380 4-person households in the Netherlands. Being the first large-scale commercial floating PV system in the country, the installation in Lingewaard might very well be a blue print for many more floating solar projects to come.

Floating solar systems: a success model in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has an abundance of inland sweet-water areas. On the other hand, land areas for ground mounted PV systems are rare and respectively expensive. Furthermore, the cooling and light reflecting water surface has a positive effect on the performance of the solar modules. Therefore, floating PV systems under the SDE+ incentive scheme in the Netherlands are a success model in the country.

Frans van Herwijnen MSc, Director of Drijvend Zonnepark Lingewaard B.V. said: We are 100% convinced that our floating PV system will only be the starting point for many more successful floating solar projects in the Netherlands. Since our inland waterways have a surface of about 7.650 square kilometers, floating systems can have an important contribution in terms of increasing the renewable energy supply in the Netherlands.

Quality and durability of solar modules key 

Mr. Bram Reukers, Commercial Manager at Tenten Solar Zonnepanelen B.V. said: “We are very happy to be developing and building this largest floating PV project in the Netherlands so far. In order to create long-term success with PV projects on the water, the quality and durability of the modules is a key factor. Therefore, we are more than happy to be partnering with Q CELLS, who are world famous for their high performance and top quality solar modules”.

Benelux is one of Q CELLS key regions in 2018. We aim to become the market leading module supplier in the Netherlands and in Belgium this year, said Maengyoon Kim, EU Sales Head at Hanwha Q CELLS. (HCN)

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