Classification society DNV GL has awarded a conformity statement to the Norwegian solar energy company Ocean Sun for its floating solar design methodology.
The conformity statement verifies that the design methodology of Ocean Sun's new floating solar structure – including its design principles, methods and safety factors – complies with all relevant standards and recommended practices, including standards for Norwegian aquaculture.
Ocean Sun's system uses modified silicon solar modules mounted on a flexible hydro elastic floating membrane, which enables lower cell operating temperatures through direct thermal contact with the surface of the sea.
“Hydropower operators have big plans to invest in floating solar solutions and hook it up to their already existing grid connections – but they need to be sure that the floating solar structure is sustainable, durable, and safe," says Børge Bjørneklett CEO of Ocean Sun.
“This verification by DNV GL is acknowledged by authorities around the world, and is a vital first step in demonstrating our readiness for deploying robust floating solar solutions,”
Ocean Sun has carried out extensive research and experimentation on the system over the past four years – including rough sea testing off the coasts of Norway, Singapore and the Philippines.