Once again, a renowned magazine has published an article on the 'Sun on water' project in which the HZ, among others, is researching the effects of solar panels on water. This time, Energy Reports pays attention to the research by Vincent Bax and Wietse van de Lageweg of the lectorate Building with Nature and students Bas van den Berg and Rik Hoosemans.

In the summer of 2020, solar platforms were installed on the Oostvoornse Lake in the municipality of Westvoorne at the initiative of TNO. The study was set up because there is little land available in the Netherlands for large-scale wind and solar parks. However, these are needed for the transition to sustainable forms of energy. Experts see many opportunities on water in the Netherlands, for example in the North Sea among offshore wind turbines.
The trial in Oostvoorne anticipates such developments. The consortium led by TNO is investigating whether the solar panels, mounted on different types of floats, can withstand high waves and strong winds and what the effects are on life underwater. The HZ researchers have also looked at the societal implications.
The full article can be read here.