Floating Solar

One of the greatest limitations in the advancement of renewable solar energy farming is the restriction and cost of available land for solar farms, not to mention the foregone opportunity cost of this land utilitisation.

  • With 71% of our planet’s surface area being comprised of lakes, rivers and oceans, it follows that floating solar is the future.
  • With our natural marine environment in such a delicate balance, it is critical that floating solar solutions are designed to compliment existing eco-systems as well as being able to withstand the dynamic aquatic environments.

Offshore floating solar

Shallow sea (1-4km)

Our modular floating solar platform is designed to be moored at up to 4km off the coastline. Our interlocking modular steel platforms are designed to flex with the harsh swells to maintain their buoyancy.

Our multi-point mooring system ensures that the platform remains secured whether using a drag-and-drop anchor or ground mounted mooring solution which depends on the constitution of the sea bed at the given site. We can also provide consultation on potential sites and arrange site reconnaissance.

Our system is an offshore marine solar PV platform featuring a self-adjusting pivoting mechnism which tracks the angle of the sun throughout the day ensuring maximum energy generation.

The marine platforms house our custom in-house manufactured SolCast solar PV panels which are designed to withstand the harshest marine environments, are UV stable and easy-cleaning.

Whilst there are existing floating solar PV systems on the market, these are only designed for calm tropical coastal environments. Our system is designed to withstand rougher ocean swells such as the North sea, Pacific ocean and Atlantic ocean.

Deep sea (Concept)

Advanced barge-style platform which is designed to withstand the rougher deep ocean waves and swells.

Our Deep Sea platforms have an inbuilt Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) to ensure that the platform remains in the same location in response to tidal movement.

An inbuilt weather protection system enables the platform to relocate to calmer waters during unfavourable weather conditions. The platform then returns to it’s default position once the storm has passed.

Our electric powered Special Purpose Vessels (eSPV) travel out to the solar PV platforms to charge it’s onboard batteries from the energy generated by the platform.

The eSPV then returns to shore and it’s batteries are transferred to the dock for dicharging to the national grid.

Discharged batteries will then be loaded onto the vessel to repeat the solar energy harvesting.

Ecologically driven design

We recognise the delicate balance of eco-systems in our ocean and have worked closely with marine conservation experts to design a solution which minimises disruption to the local sea life environment.

Our ecologically driven approach to designing our platforms ensures that species can successfully co-habit and indeed thrive alongside our platform systems.

Maintenance

The salinity and untameable force of sea swells make the ocean one of the harshest environments to operate in.

The marine grade coated steel of our platforms is specifically designed to withstand the corrosive salt water environment for up to 10 years.

We would then propose a schedule of applying protective coatings which can be administered in-water which will extend the life of the platform out at sea.

We also offer a comprehensive ongoing maintenance package to ensure regular inspection of the platforms and solar PV panels.

Advanced on-board monitoring

Our floating solar platform design boasts an advanced monitoring system which feeds back solar power generation and efficiency data as well as key information concerning tidal swell activity.

Whilst we also offer a comprehensive scheduled site-based maintenance package ensuring regular inspection and cleaning of the pontoon and solar arrays, the onboard monitoring system also reports information on any ad hoc maintenance and repair requirements.

Extendable and simple to assemble

All platforms are off-site manufactured in strings and then taken to the dock for assembly. This means you can make the platform as large or as small as you need without the constrictions of transport.

All platforms can have more strings added to the platform at the offshore location at any time during its serviceable life.