SolarDuck has secured additional funding for the development and deployment of offshore floating solar power technology. This funding sets the company on a path of continued growth towards its goal of deploying over 1 GW of offshore generated solar electricity by 2030.

The funding has been provided by both existing and new investors. An international consortium of Katapult Ocean, Green Tower, Energy Transition Fund Rotterdam and Invest-NL all share SolarDuck’s commitment to accelerating a sustainable supply of offshore energy with offshore floating solar power.

With the new funding, SolarDuck is able to extend its leading position by deploying its first commercial projects. In addition, the company continues to optimise the technology to build markets around the world and accelerate further roll-out.

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Stand-alone or within offshore wind farms

As the world is electrifying and a rising world population and urbanisation are resulting in land scarcity, the market for offshore energy generation is increasing. SolarDuck’s technology can be deployed in wind-scarce, but sun-rich regions as “stand-alone” offshore floating solar farms.

Co-locating SolarDuck technology with offshore wind is also possible, as will be happening in the Dutch North Sea.

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Projects: Three countries + the largest hybrid floating solar plant

SolarDuck has a pipeline of over 3.5 GWp and has already secured projects around the world. Amongst other projects, work is being done on a 5-MW demonstrator project to be installed at the Hollandse Kust West VII offshore wind park in the Netherlands (North Sea) in collaboration with RWE. When completed, it will be the largest hybrid floating solar plant in existence.

In addition, SolarDuck is providing Japan’s first ever offshore floating solar plant, to be installed in Tokyo Bay with local partners. A third project is underway with TNB Renewables in Malaysia.

Ahead of these projects, SolarDuck will launch its offshore demonstrator project named “Merganser” early next year. It will be installed and tested in the Dutch North Sea.

‘We are delighted to have secured this latest round of funding,’ says Koen Burgers, CEO & co-founder of SolarDuck. ‘SolarDuck is introducing a new asset class of energy generation. With demand increasing, offshore floating solar offers real promise for the decarbonisation of our energy supply. This successful funding round provides us with the means to continue the development and deployment of both our Team and technology.’

Picture by SolarDuck.

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