November 15 (Renewables Now) - The EU's European Maritime and Fishery Fund (EMFF) has provided funding to a consortium of research, non-profit and corporate actors for a project to develop better anchoring and mooring solutions for floating solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays.
The project, named FRESHER - Floating Solar Energy mooring: Innovative mooring solutions for floating solar energy, starts this month and will go on for two years.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, one of the consortium partners, said the project would serve to showcase and validate new anchoring technology for floating solar parks, including in ocean settings.
The new technology should reduce the levelised costs of energy (LCOE) and allow greater capacity, which will make the move to ocean floating PV arrays both possible and profitable, the Swedish state-owned research group said.
The project coordinator is Seaflex AB, a Swedish developer of anchoring and mooring systems. Besides RISE and Seaflex, other consortium partners are EDP Gestao da Producao da Energia SA, EDP Centre for New Energy Technologies (EDP CNET), both units of Energias de Portugal SA (ELI:EDP), Spanish floating PV developer Isigenere and private non-profit association WavEC Offshore Renewables.