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Innozowa, innovative in sustainable, clean energy
Fortunately, sustainable energy has become an indispensable part of our world. The demand for clean energy continues to increase, and the development of ways to harness clean energy sources is accelerating.
INNOZOWA, INNOVATIVE SOLAR PV ON WATER
INNOZOWA is an innovation project of the Waterschap Rivierenland in collaboration with various parties. INNOZOWA focuses on the development of a floating “sun on water system” that is suitable for application in shallow waters such as canals and pools. This involves inventing, developing, building and researching the effectiveness of numerous innovative applications and solutions that provide both ecological and economic benefits.
Start a new phase of this project in 2022 (link to current). This phase is in line with our earlier and successfully conducted pilot. Read our report here
Why Innozowa - Innozowa
The Netherlands is gearing up for the energy transition. For the sustainable generation of our energy, we are looking at opportunities for solar and wind energy.
The Netherlands is gearing up for the energy transition. For the sustainable generation of our energy, we in the Netherlands are looking at opportunities for solar and wind energy. Realizing floating solar roofs on water offers many advantages. So especially for a water-rich country like the Netherlands, this is an interesting development. Meanwhile, the Netherlands has the most and largest floating solar parks in Europe. We see these floating solar parks almost exclusively on deep waters such as (old) sand mining lakes. Interest in utilizing shallow waters (such as water storage areas) for solar on water is increasing.
Sun on a water storage facility. Can we, can we, do we want to and how? From these questions, the Rivierenland Water Board began exploring opportunities for solar on shallow water in 2018. With the innovation project INNOvative ZOn op WAter (INNOZOWA), the water board is investigating whether solar on shallow water 1. Can compete with solar on land, 2. Be compatible with our water management goals and tasks (mowing/dredging) and 3. Is scalable and economically viable.
In the period 2019-2021, the first pilot of INNOZOWA was successfully implemented. Here the focus was mainly on the energy yield of solar on water. The pilot study showed that sunlight on water can certainly compete with sunlight on land and offers prospects for an upscalable and economically viable solution for sustainable energy generation. However, this pilot also revealed a worrying picture of effects on water quality and ecology. The INNZOWA pilot project is designed to learn more about these effects in the coming years and whether we can prevent them through smart solutions.