Image shows the North Sea Two offshore solar farm, operated by Oceans of Energy since November 2019 at the Offshore Test Site (12km offshore, the Netherlands), © Oceans of Energy 2023
The European Scalable Offshore Renewable Energy Source (EU-SCORES) is a European funded Horizon 2020 green deal project which is led by the Dutch Marine Energy Centre. The project aims to showcase the benefits of continuous power output by harnessing complementary power sources including wind, sun and waves.
The project will pave the way for bankable hybrid offshore marine parks and unlock the large-scale potential of wind, wave and offshore solar systems.
Project partners will jointly develop two highly comprehensive and impactful demonstrations:
- A 2.6MW grid-connected offshore solar PV system by Oceans of Energy is going to be installed 2km off the Belgian coast at the Blue Accelerator test site
- A 1.2MW wave energy array by CorPower Ocean in Portugal co-located with a floating wind farm.
The full-scale demonstrations are intended to showcase how the increased power output and capacity installed per km2 will reduce the amount of marine space needed, thereby leaving more space for aquaculture, fisheries, shipping routes and environmentally protected areas.
Additional benefits are achieved by co-using critical electrical infrastructures and exploring advanced operation and maintenance methodologies supported by innovative autonomous systems should lower the costs per MWh. Moreover, the hybrid approach will create a more resilient and stable power system, higher capacity factors and a lower total cost per MWh, while considering sustainability, local stakeholders and existing ecosystems.
Project status: In development
EU-SCORES Consortium Partners
The EU-SCORES consortium partners are: Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), Oceans of Energy, TU Delft, SBM offshore, POM West-Vlaanderen (POM), RWE Renewables (RWE), CorPower Ocean, Uppsala University, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT), Enel Green Power, RINA offshore consultants, INNOSEA – a AqualisBraemar LOC Group company, EDP Labelec, WavEC Offshore Renewables, INESC TEC, Exceedence, Western Star Wave – a Simply Blue Group company.
Also supported by: IRO (Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Offshore Energy Industry), ENECO Group, Redes Enérgeticas Nacionais, Parkwind, Ocean Winds, Energie Baden-Württemberg