First floating solar park in Flanders is ready


First floating solar park in Flanders is ready

9 September 2020
Floating PV contributes to the Flemish climate objectives and is also the largest floating solar park in Belgium, with 17,250 solar panels. Sweco has drawn up the feasibility study for the authorisation of floating PV installations, as well as the environmental permit application. We’re also acting as technical advisor during the tender phase, implementation and Operation & Maintenance.

Solar panel installations on water surfaces, in this case on abandoned extraction wells, offer many advantages: the extraction wells offer extra space for energy generation, maintenance and production can be optimized and the water evaporates less quickly.

The park has been built on Sibelco’s ‘De Schans’ sand quarry, on the border of the Antwerp municipalities of Mol and Dessel. The solar panels are mounted on to a seven hectare floating structure. The installation has a capacity of 7 MWp and has a production that corresponds to the annual consumption of 2,000 families. In addition, it has been decided to apply innovative methods that allow insight into possible optimizations of energy yield.

The electricity from the floating solar park is being locally used to the maximum by Sibelco. The Limburg Investment Company LRM, JM Recycling (part of Group Machiels), Luminus and Sibelco are the initiators of this innovative project, with the support of the Flemish Government.

Visual: © Floating PV