Published on April 5th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
April 5th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill
Hanwha Q CELLS, the world’s leading solar cell producer, has been awarded the contract to supply solar modules for the Netherlands’ largest floating solar PV system set to be built atop a water reservoir in the center of the country.
On Thursday, the company announced that it had been awarded the supply contract by local solar developer Tenten Solar Zonnepanelen, which is building the Drijvend Zonnepark Lingewaard (Lingewaard Floating Solar Park) located in the central Netherlands municipality of Lingewaard.
The project will be made up of more than 6,100 monocrystalline solar modules spread over a water surface area of around 15,800 square meters. Pontoons will be supplied by French supplier Ciel et Terre, and inverters and optimizers will be supplied by Israeli-based SolarEdge.
Upon completion, the project will have total capacity of 1.85 megawatts (MW) and will generate around 1,575.5 MW-hours each year — enough clean electricity to supply the needs of more than 380 local households. Though relatively small compared to some of the traditional solar projects being developed around the world, it is also somewhat commonplace in the Netherlands, where land is hard and expensive to come by, but water area is plentiful.
“Benelux is one of Q CELLS´ key regions in 2018. We aim to become the market leading module supplier in the Netherlands and in Belgium this year,” said Maengyoon Kim, EU Sales Head at Hanwha Q CELLS. “Therefore we´re more than happy to supply our high quality solar modules for the largest floating solar system in the Netherlands and we´d like to thank our partners for choosing Q CELLS.”
“We are 100% convinced that our floating PV system will only be the starting point for many more successful floating solar projects in the Netherlands,” added Frans van Herwijnen MSc, Director of Drijvend Zonnepark Lingewaard. “Since our inland waterways have a surface of about 7.650 square kilometers, floating systems can have an important contribution in terms of increasing the renewable energy supply in the Netherlands.”