On 25 September Vattenfall officially opened its first floating solar farm. It is located at Gendringen, in The Netherlands. The facility, with a capacity of 1.2 MW, was built on the site of the sand and gravel extraction company Netterden. The array will provide half the annual energy consumption of the electric sand dredge and the associated sorting and processing equipment on site.
Space for building solar farms is scarce in the Netherlands. A possible solution to this is to construct floating solar farms, for example on ponds and pools resulting from sand and gravel extraction. An additional benefit is that the water cools the panels naturally, which increases their efficiency compared to land-based solar panels.
As the prime contractor, Vattenfall was responsible for building the floating array, while Netterden provided the funding. "Netterden's vision on socially responsible business was the main reason for launching this project. Green power is a natural part of this. This ambition is an excellent fit with Vattenfall's mission to make fossil-free living possible within one generation" said Ivo Iprenburg, Netterden’s business development manager.