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Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched (Int'l Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-01-15
An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy -- offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power -- and at the same time mitigate the impacts of climate change while meeting roughly 10 pct of the annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to keep global temperatures under 1.5 degreeC above pre-industrial levels, according to a report released by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Most of this climate change mitigation potential is expected to come from offshore wind.

The Action Coalition includes MHI Vestas, Orsted, Equinor, CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, Shell, Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Gamesa, TenneT and The UK Crown Estate.

Download the The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change -- Five Opportunities for Action Report HERE. (Source: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Various Media, Maritime Executive, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Energy,  

Europe's Largest Floating Solar Plant Launched (Int'l Report)
Akuo Energy
Date: 2019-10-21
In Rhone Valley, Southern France, the 17-MW OMEGA1 floating solar project -- Europe's largest floating solar facility -- is reported to now be online. The project was developed by Paris-based AKUO ENERGY.

Akuo Energy develops, finances, builds and operates renewable energy power plants all over the world. Akuo Energy is the first French green IPP. It develops and operates power plants that go beyond simply producing renewable power and create additional social benefits for the inhabitants of the areas in which they live, according to the company website. (Source: EURACTIV, 18 Oct., 2019) Contact: O'MEGA1, AKUO ENERGY, +33 1 47 66 09 90,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Akuo Energy,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Asia Dominates Floating Solar Installations (Int'l Report)
Floating Solar,World Economic Forum
Date: 2019-03-27
According to the World Economic Forum, of the world's top 1o floating solar installations, 4 are in China, 3 in Japan, 2 in South Korea and 1 in the UK. World floating solar output grew 100-fold from 2014 to 2018, with the world's first floating solar plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Floating solar is well suited to Asia where available land is limited but there are many hydroelectric dams with existing transmission infrastructure. China has just connected the world's largest floating solar plant at Anhui, which will generate almost 78,000 MW in its first year, while South Korea expects to complete what it claims will become the world's largest floating solar plant delivering 102.5 MW in 2020.

The World Economic Forum, based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization. It gained formal status in January 2015 under the Swiss Host-State Act, confirming the role of the Forum as an International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation. (Source: World Economic Forum, Mar., 2019) Contact: World Economic Forum,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Economic Forum,  Floating Solar,  Solar,  

EBRD Supports Albanian Green Energy, Floating Solar Projects (Intl)
Date: 2019-03-18
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a €9 million loan from its €85 million Western Balkans Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) to support investments in Albanian green energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects expected to cut over 21,000 tpy of CO2 emissions across the region.

ERBD also announced a 2-MW floating solar project being developed by Norwegian company Statkraft's Albanian subsidiary and floating solar technology developer Ocean Sun. The €2.3 million project will incorporate four units of 0.5 MW each. (Source: EBRD, The Balkanista, Mar., 2019) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,; Ocean Sun,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Statkraft,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

First African Floating Wind Farm Launched in Capetown (Int'l)
Marlenique Estate
Date: 2019-03-06
In South Africa, Marlenique Estate, a fruit farm outside of Franschhoek, reports the unveiling of Africa's first state-of-the-art floating solar PV system constructed by New South Energy.

The facility is the first commercially-operated floating solar system on the African continent as well as the largest, at 60kWp.

The first phase of the project also includes the installation of a land-based solar PV system on the farm, allowing the farm to run 90 pct of its cold storage, irrigation and wedding venue facilities off the grid. In the second phase, battery packs will be added to the current set up, removing the estate from the main power grid completely. (Source: Capetown ETC, Mar., 2019) Contact: New South Energy, David Masureik,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Wind,  

Innova Building Caribbean's First Floating Solar Project (Int'l)
Innova Capital Partners
Date: 2019-01-30
Innova Capital Partners, through its subsidiary in Colombia, Innova Solar Colombia (ISC), reports it will develop and construct the first floating solar project in the Caribbean islands, specifically on the island of Providencia, San Andres, Colombia.

When fully operational before the year end, the 74 kWp project is expected to generate sufficient power for the municipal aqueduct. The project is being financed by Tillvaxtverket, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. French floating solar developer Ciel & Terre will supply its HYDRELIO® technology for the project.

Innova is a global developer and investor with a focus on, but not limited to, growth-oriented opportunities in energy, real estate and infrastructure. The Innova platform invests in projects and companies at various stages of their development cycle and partners with industry-leading management teams, franchises, and companies positioned for significant growth.(Source: Innova Cspitsl Partners, PR, 28 Jan/., 2019) Contact: Innova Capital Partners, Patricia Rodriguez,; Ciel & Terre, +33 3 20 01 05 65,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innova Capital Partners,  Soalr,  Floating Solar,  

NREL High on U.S. Floating Solar Potential (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
According to Floating PV: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental U.S., a recent study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), floating pv solar (FPV) projects across more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate approximately 10 pct of the nation's annual electricity production and, at the same time, reduce the land requirements for conventional ground mount PV power plants by at least 2.1 million hectares. (Source: NREL, PV Tech, Jan., 2018) Contact: NREL, Jordan Macknick, Research Team Leader,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Sunseap Floating Solar Farm Slated for Singapore Harbor (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-12
In Singapore, Sunseap, a sustainable energy provider, reports it will construct a 5-MWp offshore floating photovoltaic (PV) solar system north of Woodlands Waterfront Park, along the Straits of Johor. When fully operational, the facility will generate about 6,388 MWh per year of renewable energy and eliminate about 2,600 tpy of GHGs over the next 25 years, according to the Sunseap release.

Sunseap previously worked on the world's largest floating PV test-bed in Singapore at Tengeh Reservoir. (Source: Channel News Asia, Sunseap, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Sunseap Group,Frank Phuan, Co-founder, CEO, +65 68 16 1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunseap,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Massive Floating Solar Farm Planned for Netherlands (Int'l)
Floating Solar
Date: 2018-02-21
In the Netherlands, a $1.48 million floating solar farm off the coast of the Netherlands is being promoted by a nine-member consortium headed up by Oceans of Energy, a Netherlands company that creates floating offshore systems. The project, which aims to have 2,500 square meters of solar panels in place by 2021, is being backed by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy's Netherlands Enterprise Agency over the next three years.

The consortia includes energy sector companies: Oceans of Energy, TNO, TAQA, TKI Urban Energy, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and ECN. Utrecht University will conduct sustainability research, while the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands will carry out independent research for the Dutch government.(Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy,; Oceans of Energy, Allaard van Hoeken , CEO, +31-(0)850090631,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Floating Solar,  

KHNP Inks South Korean Floating Solar MoU (Int'l Report)
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power
Date: 2018-02-14
In Seoul, South Korean-state-owned Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding with Hwaseong Solar Energy to develop 100 MW floating solar power plant in Hwaseong, 70 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

The 220 billion won (US$202 million) project is part of KHNP's plan to invest 10 trillion won by 2030 to expand renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power. The government plans to increase the ratio of renewable energy from the current 7 pct to 20 pct by 2030, and increase renewable energy capacity of 63.8 GW. (Source: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power , Yonhap, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power,

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Sunseap, Linyang Partner for Singapore Solar Projects (Int'l)
Sunseap, Linyang Energy
Date: 2017-12-13
Chinese clean energy firm Linyang Energy reports it has inked a MoU with Singapore-based solar developer Sunseap to work on distributed solar, floating solar, module supply and energy efficiency projects in Singapore.

Together the firms aim to install 100MW of distributed solar PV by the end of 2018 and 500MW by 2021. They will also collaborate on efficiency management using LEDs and green energy trading projects in Singapore as well as providing decentralized energy in industrial parks, according to a Linyang release.

The MoU covers: six areas requiring an investment of more than $500 by 2020. energy efficiency in buildings; rooftop and floating solar plants; 300MW of n-type double-glass modules; LED light and energy-saving services; partnering on Singaporean power trading; and working on virtual power stations, energy management hosting and micro-grids. The two companies expect to invest a total of $500 million by 2020. (Source: Linyang Energy, Various Media, PV Mag, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: Linyang Energy,; Sunseap, +65 68 16 1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunseap,  Linyang Energy,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  

Hanwha Q Cell Plans Floating, Sun Tracking Solar Plant (Int'l)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2017-07-26
South Korean solar specialist Hanwha Q Cells Co.reports it will build an 80 MW floating solar power generation facility on an un-named reservoir, and has inked a MoU with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP), Hanwha Solar Power, and solar developer Solkiss to jointly develop the facility.

A rotating-based floating solar power station combines a floating structure with ground-based solar energy generation technology which, due to its ability to track the sun's movement, could generate 10 to 20 pct more electricity than a "fixed" installation. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells Co., Maeil Business News Korea 21 July, 2017)Contact: Hanwha Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar,  Solar Farm,  

WINAICO Complets UK Floating Solar Installation (Int'l)
East Green Energy,WINAICO
Date: 2017-07-10
Creglingen, Germany-headquartered solar PV specialist WINAICO reports it has completed the installation of 192 WINAICO WST-260P6 solar modules on a floating solar system on a reservoir in Norfolk, UK. The 50 kWp solar plant will generate more than 43.500 kWh of power annually.

According to Woodbridge, UK-based East Green Energy, the floating solar system provides all the advantages of a ground or roof mounted PV array, although, being more efficient, requires fewer panels to generate the same output. The panels are cooled by the surrounding water, which results in improved power production performance.

As a global PV brand based in Taiwan, WINAICO manufactures and distributes crystalline high performance modules worldwide. Furthermore, as a systems house for photovoltaics, WINAICO offers consultation, planning, maintenance services and complete PV system packages. (Source: WINAICO Deutschland GmbH, PR, OPEN PR, 4 July, 2017) Contact: WINAICO Deutschland GmbH, +49 7933 700 30-0, East Green Energy, +44 1394 380557,

More Low-Carbon Energy News East Green Energy,  WINAICO,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Solkiss Building Floating, Rotating Korean Solar Farm (Int'l)
Date: 2017-07-07
In South Korea, solar developer Solkiss reports it will install a 2.67 MW floating solar farm on the Deoku Reservoir. The installation will rotate to track the sun and thus deliver a 22 pct increase in capacity, the company claims.

Two additional rotating solar plant are also planned for the Myeoku Reservoir. Combined, the two installations will add 3 MW of solar PV capacity to Solkiss' floating solar portfolio. All three projects are slated for completion by the end of November. (Source: Solkiss, PV Mag., Others, July 3, 2017) Contact: Solkiss, +82 63 5478301,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solkiss,  Floating Solar,  

Singapore Floating PV Power Plant Uses ABB Tech (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-02
ABB is reporting delivery of critical miniature circuit breakers components for a 1MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) test-bed in Singapore's Tengeh Reservoir.

Electric power generated at the site will be fed into the national energy grid and will be sufficient for 250 households. Singapore has high average annual solar irradiation of about 1,500 kWh/m2, which makes floating solar plants viable alternative. (Source: ABB, EBR, 31 May, 2017) Contact: ABB, +44 (0) 43 317 5404,,

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Upsolar Offering Floating PV Tech in Europe (Int'l Report)
Upsolar System Italia
Date: 2017-04-07
Photovoltaic (PV) modules maker Upsolar is reporting that having deployed a large floating solar array at a test-bed in Singapore in 2016, its technology is now being oppered to European customers through Upsolar System Italia Srl.

Upsolar's system installations, which utilizes Upsolar modules mounted on galvanized steel assemblies atop high-density polyethylene floats, are gaining market share because of the higher panel efficiency and lower costs of land use, according to the company. (Source: Upsolar System Italia, RenewableNow, 5 April, 2017)Contact: Upsolar System Italia, +39 0 422 185 2222,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Upsolar,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Apple Contractor Renewables Pledge Includes Floating Solar (Int'l)
Date: 2017-03-13
In Japan, Apple manufacturing contractor Ibiden Co Ltd. reports it has committed to use 100 pct renewable energy spread across 20 new energy facilities. The company, which specializes in printed circuit boards and integrated circuit packaging for Apple, reports it will generate over 12 MW of solar power, with a large portion coming from a floating solar array. The 12 MW of solar power is sufficient for the company's needs, according to a statement. (Source: Ibiden, Various Media, Mar., 2017) Contact: Ibiden Co. Ltd,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Floating Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Apple,  

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