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Solar panels installed for Slufter Pilot Project

Sustainability

Last week saw the last panels being installed at De Slufter, the depot for contaminated dredging spoil on the western edge of Rotterdam’s port area, by project participant Sunfloat. This company has joined Wattco, Texel4Trading and Sunprojects – all manufacturers of floating solar power systems – in a pilot project intended to demonstrate the technical and financial viability of a floating solar power system for relatively rough water conditions like those found at De Slufter.

Slufter test 1 Wattco

In addition, the project will examine which conditions such systems need to satisfy to obtain a permit from the responsible water authority. This pilot project was announced on 26 October of last year during the National Conference on Climate Change. If it proves a success, Rijkswaterstaat and the Port of Rotterdam Authority – De Slufter’s joint owners – will study whether it is possible to realise a large-scale solar farm at the site that is operated on a commercial basis. For now, the participants still have an opportunity to adapt to local conditions, before the pilot project officially kicks off at the beginning of the storm season.

Sustainability

We are committed to ensuring that the port and its environs are safe, healthy and appealing. We aim to counter climate change while ensuring that the port area makes a significant contribution to Dutch prosperity and employment.

Energy in transition

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is committed to combating climate change and wants to play a leading role in the global energy transition. The reduction of CO2 emissions and efficient use of raw and residual materials are important tasks for the Port Authority.

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