Photo: Moss Maritime

New model trials of offshore floating solar underway

Credit: Moss Maritime

Saipem’s Moss Maritime has started model testing on its innovative floating solar park for coastal/offshore environment.

The trials at Trondheim-based research organisation SINTEF ocean are part of collaboration with the energy giant Equinor.

Italian contractor Saipem and Equinor recently signed a cooperation agreement to develop floating solar panel parks.

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The partners will combine their experiences and know-how to further develop the concept into a competitive and cost-effective solution.

Specifically, the aim is to meet the increasing demand of renewable energy solutions.

The technology will be based on the in-house developed concept by Moss Maritime, part of Saipem’s XSIGHT division.

According to Moss Maritime, the solar park will have a modular design that eases construction and repair.

It will also fit various locations and power demands and should operate in waves without damage to solar panels.