Floating solar is on the rise. With Norway’s extensive experience and history from the maritime, offshore and energy industries, the country is well equipped to lead technological development in this segment. The world’s demand for electricity will double by 2050. At the same time, the share of fossil energy in the energy mix must be reduced. According to the classification society DNV GL, 70 per cent of electricity demand will have to be covered by solar and wind power if we are to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement. “At present, solar energy only covers a small percentage of this demand. There is enormous potential here, and it is important to me that Norway participates in this growth,” says Inger Strand. She is Business Developer at the Norwegian Solar Energy Cluster , an organisation working to promote the solar energy industry nationally and internationally. Floating solar is a relatively new technology, and a niche in solar power. But what is it exactly? “I’m sure you’ve seen solar panels on roofs. Floating solar is basically arrays of panels that have been placed on floating structures on water,” explains Strand. Inger Strand, Business Developer at the Norwegian Solar Energy Cluster. […]

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