DNV AS, a leading classification society, has provided Oceans of Energy with a Statement of Conformity for their offshore solar solution, marking a significant milestone in the development of the technology. The Statement of Conformity verifies that Oceans of Energy’s design methodology aligns with DNV’s recommended practice for floating solar photovoltaic systems.
Oceans of Energy aims to reach 150 megawatts (MW) of offshore solar farm systems by 2028. In order to gain independent confirmation of their technology and system design, they contracted DNV to deliver the Statement of Conformity and conduct a prototype verification for a second-generation offshore solar farm design.
DNV highlights the operational progress of the North Sea Two location, currently operating at 400 kW and set to expand to one MW by 2024. They also mention the growth potential for North Sea Three and subsequent projects, which are expected to reach multiple MW sizes.
The Statement of Conformity from DNV provides crucial risk reduction for Oceans of Energy’s current and future offshore solar farms. It confirms that their basis of design meets the requirements of DNV’s recommended practice, ensuring a safe and reliable scaling-up process.
The verification and certification obtained by Oceans of Energy are key in attracting the necessary investments for expanding their offshore solar solution. As the first offshore solar basis of design to receive a Statement of Conformity in the European Union, Oceans of Energy’s system showcases the feasibility of solar technologies in challenging environmental conditions, particularly in the North Sea.
Ditlev Engel, CEO of Energy Systems at DNV, emphasizes the global relevance of this verification, stating that offshore solar technologies are essential in addressing climate challenges worldwide. The partnership between DNV and Oceans of Energy will not only drive offshore solar adoption in Europe, but also serve as a model for implementation on a global scale.
DNV underlines the significance of this project in relation to Europe’s energy goals and the Netherlands’ commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The Dutch government aims to have three gigawatts of offshore solar installed by 2030, showcasing the potential scale of this renewable energy source.
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