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SolarDuck Secures Bureau Veritas Certification for Floating Offshore Solar Prototype

The Merganser project, a collaboration between SolarDuck and RWE, showcases a pioneering offshore floating solar pilot boasting a capacity of 520 kWp. Comprising six interconnected platforms, the innovative solution is engineered to endure formidable offshore conditions, including high waves, strong winds, and corrosive environments.

Bureau Veritas has certified the design to withstand maximum wave heights of 11.6 meters (with a directional 10-year return period) at a water depth of 21.5 meters (MSL) at the North Sea Farmers test site. Deployment is planned off the coast of The Hague, Netherlands, providing a practical operational environment for assessing its performance and resilience in the dynamic North Sea.

Bureau Veritas has played a pivotal role in supporting SolarDuck’s pioneering endeavors in floating solar solutions. The certification of the Merganser prototype follows the Approval in Principle (AiP) granted for its floating structure. Throughout the rigorous certification process, Bureau Veritas meticulously evaluated the prototype against established rules and standards, including guidance note NI631 on the Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies. These assessments encompassed various aspects such as the floating structure, mooring system, stability analysis, materials, and electrical safety systems. Subsequently, the technology will undergo further evaluation for type certification.

Don Hoogendoorn, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of SolarDuck, remarked on the pivotal role of certification in enhancing the technology’s bankability and expressing gratitude for the collaborative partnership with Bureau Veritas.

Martijn Nieuwenhuijs, Country Chief Executive at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Netherlands, underscored the significance of collaboration between Bureau Veritas and industry innovators in advancing sustainable energy solutions. He emphasized the company’s expertise in assessing structural integrity and conducting design evaluations, underscoring its commitment to fostering innovation while ensuring safety and reliability in offshore renewable energy projects.


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