Offshore solar developer Oceans of Energy and The Seaweed Company have installed the world’s first combined offshore solar and seaweed farm in the Dutch North Sea as part of the demonstration project to showcase the sustainable multi-use of the marine space.
Allard van Hoeken, CEO and founder of Oceans of Energy, said: “After a year of operating successfully on the North Sea with the first offshore solar system, I think it is very special that we have now succeeded in combining both the generation of clean energy and the production of food at sea, because this are two important necessities of life”.
Joost Wouters, CEO and founder of The Seaweed Company, added: “I am proud that with this project we can demonstrate that we can make maximum use of the space between the windmills at sea for the cultivation of valuable seaweed”.
(L) Allard van Hoeken; (R) Joost Wouters (Courtesy of Oceans of Energy)
The project is part of the European H2020United initiative that aims to stimulate sustainable multiple use of space within the European Union.
Solar panels from Oceans of Energy now at two locations in the North Sea
The world’s first offshore solar farm was successfully installed in 2019 in the North Sea off the Dutch coast by Oceans of Energy.
At that location, the system generated clean energy for a year, withstood the maritime climate and waves of up to 4 meters, surviving both Ciara and Dennis winter storms. It is expected that at this second North Sea location, located further offshore, the system will have to withstand waves of 13 meters.
Source: Offshore Energy