Norway’s renewable energy supplier Equinor is testing the floating solar energy technology off the coast of the country. The company revealed this move last Thursday, saying that it would collaborate with Moss Maritime to develop a solar farm close to Frøya Island, which is approximately 200 miles from the Arctic Circle. This move will ensure that the country meets its citizens’ energy demands who are transitioning to clean energy vehicles that run on electricity. The head of Equinor’s technology department inclined to wind and solar technology, Hanne Wigum, stated that this project’s success would allow them to venture into other areas with similar natural resources. The pilot plant will cover 80 square meters with a height not exceeding 3 meters from the ground and will proceed for less than a year. The energy generated will enter the Frøya electricity grid.
Equinor stated that the project will be operational by the end of this year and will be the milestone for venturing solar energy in unsteady waters globally. The engineers who are designing it said they intend to identify the weather variables that will affect the production of power from this plant and not their electricity quantity. Equinor pointed that Norway’s coast and waters are renowned sources of oil, gas, and wind energy, and this will be the first time they are venturing solar energy in a region that appears to reject such a project because the sun rays are scarce.
Statistics from the country’s meteorological departments noted that this region witnesses sunny day on countable days in a month, which is disadvantageous for such a project compared to Arizona, where the sun comes out almost every day. This project is among the few that the company utilizes to monitor energy production from floating solar power resources. A similar project is underway in the steady waters of Sri Lanka, and the final is in the Netherlands. All three projects have specific objectives that they want to realize to facilitate the procession of future projects on a commercial scale.
Equinor has remained adamant about divulging more details concerning their next projects aside from these three related to the research and development sector. Nevertheless, the company is happy to be committing its resources to clean energy technology to remain relevant in the energy industry. Wigum explained that they normally conduct related projects to optimize the control conditions and maximize the data they collect to develop services and offers that have profitable projections.