Netherlands
Artist's impression of the site - Image credit: Vattenfall

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall will build it's first floating wind farm and have chosen the Netherlands as the location of the 1.2 MW facility, with construction slated to begin in December.

Space for building solar farms is scarce in the Netherlands. One solution is to construct floating solar farms, for example on ponds and pools that form as the result of sand and gravel extraction.

Through this initiative, Vattenfall is helping to bring demand for power in line with sustainable generation. An additional benefit is that the water cools the panels naturally, which increases their efficiency compared to land-based solar panels.

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Together with the associated sorting and processing equipment, it consumes around 2.5 million kilowatt-hours per year. Over the years, the extraction activities have created a pond on which an island with floating solar panels will be built.

"At Vattenfall, our mission is to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. Our shared ambition for a sustainable future has brought us together in this project. I believe it is special that Netterden's decision to launch this project is driven by their vision regarding the socially responsible enterprise. Renewable energy is a natural part of this," said Ivo Iprenburg, Business Development Manager Real Estate at Vattenfall.

Vattenfall is the prime contractor and is overseeing the entire process, while Netterden is providing the funding. The solar island is expected to be operational by May 2020.