SolarDuck was formed by a group of nautical and energy engineers who wanted to play a vital role in bringing the globe closer to net-zero emissions.

FREMONT, CA: Bureau Veritas (BV), a global leader in Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC), has given Dutch renewable energy firm SolarDuck an Approval in Principle (AiP) for its offshore floating solar solution King Eider. This is the first time an offshore floating solar technology has received such permission, signaling the start of a new age for this type of renewable energy.

SolarDucks’ first pilot King Eider was launched in April and comprises of four triangular-shaped units with 156 solar panels that produce a combined energy output of 64 kWp to the grid. The project was implemented in the Dutch city of IJzendoorn.

Don Hoogendoorn, CTO of SolarDuck, commented: “In my decade in the maritime industry, I have learned how to optimize design for reliability, ease of maintenance and safety, while keeping them cost efficient. At SolarDuck, we aim to design systems that will last over 30 years, as I was used to doing when I built ships. Getting external official validation that our system performs as it should makes me proud of my team.”

The solar panels are held three meters above sea level by the framework. The platform is built to withstand hurricane-force winds and coastal sea conditions. It is also suitable for near-shore and offshore sites in estuaries and natural harbors.

“Bureau Veritas is a key name in the maritime industry, and well known for their certification of maritime structures. We are immensely grateful for their support and cooperation on certifying our technology and setting standards for the Offshore Floating Solar industry,” added Koen Burgers, CEO of SolarDuck.

SolarDuck was formed by a group of nautical and energy engineers who wanted to play a vital role in bringing the globe closer to net-zero emissions. The team began the project to make solar panels float offshore after recognizing that solar energy is the cheapest and most efficient type of renewable energy for many cities, islands, and regions worldwide, yet it is inaccessible to many of these regions owing to land scarcity limits.

“Building on our experience in the marine and offshore market, we supported SolarDuck throughout this innovative journey by assessing risk, analysing regulations, and improving the overall structure performance and mooring safety. We are proud to be part of the venture and to contribute to make this cutting-edge solution reliable. I am proud to say Bureau Veritas is well positioned to help develop innovative solutions that support societys new demands and aspirations,” added Paul Shrieve, Vice President Offshore & Services at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.

From the beginning, Bureau Veritas was involved with the project. The AiP covers the structure’s design approach and assesses the necessary sections against guidance notes NI631 on the Marine Renewable Energy Technologies Certification Scheme and NI572 on the Classification and Certification of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines. The requirements for certifying novel marine renewable energy technology are outlined in these guideline notes.