Sibelco is supporting sustainable energy
Sibelco’s Schansheide quarry in Dessel, Belgium, has been chosen as the site of an innovative floating solar panel investment. The company Floating PV will build five hectares of floating solar panels at the site, integrating various innovative techniques such as solar tracking that allows the panels to rotate with the sun, an adjusting slope angle, double-sided panels and active cooling.
Mark Stulens, Sibelco’s Sustainability Manager – Belgium, states: “Sibelco is proud to play a role in making this technological innovation become a reality. In addition to the wind turbines that are already present at our site, the floating solar park will further increase the proportion of renewables in our energy mix.”
The floating solar panels will cover 6 hectares and will have a capacity of 5 megawatts. This will enable the generation of 4,850 megawatt hours of green electricity – or the equivalent of the consumption of approximately 1,200 households.
Most of the electricity produced will be consumed locally by Sibelco’s Dessel plant. These operations already house a combined heat and power system and three large wind turbines. The addition of this floating solar panel investment demonstrates that the electricity consumption of Sibelco in Flanders is becoming more and more sustainable and is contributing to the renewable energy objectives of the Flemish region.
The Flemish Government is supporting the project with an investment of EUR 2 million.