Sweco collaborates on the largest floating solar park in Flanders


Sweco collaborates on the largest floating solar park in Flanders

24 February 2020
The Flemish government has approved its support level for Floating PV, the largest floating solar park in Flanders. Sweco has drawn up the feasibility study for the authorisation of floating PV installations at the Sibelco reclamation lakes, as well as the environmental permit application for this solar park. We’re now 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 is being 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.

Visual: © LRM

Website: www.floatingpv.be