SolarDuck will build the world’s largest hybrid offshore floating solar power plant at the offshore wind park Hollandse Kust West VII, the Netherlands. The 5-MW demonstrator with innovative integrated energy storage solutions is to become operational in 2026.

Following the collaboration agreement signed between SolarDuck and RWE in July this year, SolarDuck was selected as the exclusive provider for offshore floating solar (OFS) technology with integrated energy storage in RWE’s bid for the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust West (HKW) VII. The successful bid will now materialise a hybrid OFS power plant at scale.

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Scaling up

The HKW hybrid offshore wind and OFS project is expected to catapult Dutch-Norwegian SolarDuck towards commercialisation. Delivering this project will enable the company to scale faster, reap the associated cost benefits and ultimately accelerate commercial projects at grid scale.
Hybrid offshore wind and OFS projects promise to accelerate the adoption of OFS at scale. The complementarities between wind and solar resources as well as making better use of existing infrastructure and the ocean space will drive the growth of hybrid OFS projects.

‘This is a flagship project for SolarDuck and an important milestone for the wider OFS industry,’ says SolarDuck’s CEO Koen Burgers. ‘SolarDuck, being the first to build a hybrid project at this scale, will demonstrate the robustness of our solution, prove the important role of system integration in building future-fit energy systems, and enable the scaling of the technology to accelerate its adoption. We are proud to work together with our partner, RWE, in this important project.’

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KNVTS lecture by SolarDuck

On Thursday, 17 November, Don Hoogendoorn, CTO and co-founder of SolarDuck, will give a lecture on his company and the solutions it develops. Find out more here.