Photo: Ocean Sun floating solar plant

Ocean Sun scores US patent

Norwegian solar energy company Ocean Sun has secured a US patent covering its solar power plants.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will officially grant the patent in May this year.

The company has also recently secured a DNV GL conformity statement for its floating solar design methodology.

The conformity statement is the first of its kind.

DNV GL issued it following a verification process to sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally.

The conformity statement verifies that the design methodology of the Ocean Sun floating solar structure, including design principles, methods and safety factors, complies with the relevant standards and recommended practices, such as the NS9415 standard for Norwegian aquaculture.

The solar solution design is for operations in man-made reservoirs and coastal waters, with a design that combines solutions from open-sea salmon farms and the latest solar technology.

The system is based on modified silicon solar modules mounted on a flexible hydro elastic floating membrane.

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