One of the CTC Technology Centre’s primary research areas is the development of new technologies and innovative solutions to boost alternative energy sources. CTC already has extensive experience in marine energy and has launched its commitment to developing floating solar energy R&D+I projects.
Verónica González de Lena, head of CTC’s Industry and Energy area, explained this during the online event “Workshop on Structures, materials and components”, organised by EERA JP Wind.
Solar photovoltaic energy has become one of the main alternative energy sources and one of the fastest-growing technologies globally. Its offshore momentum provides an unparalleled opportunity due to the power of the sun’s rays in the marine environment and the hours of sunlight that occur offshore.
In this sense, CTC is already planning several research projects on floating solar energy and is actively seeking national and international funding to develop these innovative initiatives.
Likewise, during her participation in the EERA JP Wind Workshop, Verónica González presented the latest European proposal submitted by CTC to the Horizon Europe call for offshore floating solar energy proposals and highlighted the centre’s innovative capacity in offshore floating solar energy.
An example of this innovative capacity is the centre’s PVFLOAT project. This initiative aims to study the technical, economic, and market feasibility of developing different floating offshore solar platforms designs.
The European Energy Research Alliance JP WIND (EERA JP WIND) programme aims to provide strategic leadership for wind energy research and support European industry and societal stakeholders. The programme brings together all the public research organisations in Europe making significant efforts in wind energy.