Specifically, collaborating with Moss Maritime, they both goal to build a floating pilot plant off Frøya near Trondheim in the late summer of 2021. It is set to become the world’s first pilot plant for floating solar power in rough waters.
The first aim is to understand weather the construction will be affected by the weather conditions. According to the partners, the Norwegian coast and continental shelf are world-class when it comes to oil, gas, and wind, but when it comes to sun, other regions offer better conditions.
It is stated that the municipality of Frøya has been positive to and is involved in the planning of the pilot plant. Equinor has filed an application with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Planned to measure 80 m x 80 m, the plant will tower less than 3 metres over the sea surface. According to plans the pilot will be tested for minimum one year.
Alexander Thøgersen, vice president, engineering, at Moss Maritime explained that
The concept has been substantially matured, both technically and economically. The floating pilot plant will be an important step on the road towards technology commercialization and an important arena for further development and optimization of the concept.
In addition, Equinor has filed an application with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate calling for a test to last a minimum of one year.