Offshore solar panels have the potential to reach the ground-mounted PVs in terms of LCOE

Offshore floating solar panels are slowly reaching the ground-mounted panels in LCOE and in the north sea alone by 2050 it will house around 10 GW of offshore floating pv.

According to Norwegian consultancy group DNV GL report, published on behalf of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate “The review of all innovative renewable technologies shows that floating solar PV and aquatic biomass will be sufficiently mature after 2030 to be able to make a significant contribution to the energy supply from the North Sea,”

The DNV GL researchers view floating offshore pv as a technology to complement offshore wind. The solar panels can be placed in the spaces between turbines and connect with their transmission lines. They also expect that approximately 1 MW of offshore floating solar pv will be linked to each offshore wind turbine in the North Sea from 2025 to 2030.

The LCOE of offshore PV systems is currently around €354/MWh but it will decrease and reach somewhere near the price of ground-mounted solar parks. The ground-mounted solar panels in the Netherlands are estimated at €50/MWh in 2030 and €40/MWh in 2050.

Also according to the report, by 2030 and 2050 the north sea could reach the capacity of 100 MW and 500 MW of offshore floating solar pv respectively.

Recently Netherlands has been bustling with the development of utility-scale floating PV systems, projects, and researches. Researches are studying the impact of wind and waves on the performance of floating solar systems. Also recently, scientists from the Utrecht University have claimed offshore PV plants could be more productive than ground-mounted arrays after running a simulation comparing a North Sea project to a conventional system at the Utrecht Photovoltaic Outdoor Test field.  

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