1 MWp storage tank application - Vopak

HyET Solar Netherlands BV has received an order from Royal Vopak to apply thin-film PV modules (Powerfoil) on one and potentially two of their large diesel storage tanks in Rotterdam, subject to regulatory and permit approval. Powerfoil is the only suitable Solar PV candidate for this application because of its unique product characteristics such as low weight, flexibility and ATEX certification.

Royal Vopak and HyET Solar initiated their cooperation after a successful pilot in Vopak’s Vlaardingen tank farm in 2019. Both companies have since been involved in preparing large-scale applications. In early 2020, Vopak Ventures acquired participation in HyET Solar.

Rombout Swanborn, CEO and co-founder of HyET Solar says: “We believe that this project will demonstrate that the uncertainty in the West European Solar PV manufacturing industry due to long term confrontation by low-cost, predominantly Asian products can be overcome. We strongly believe that the time has come for innovative low-cost PV products like HyET Solar Powerfoil to take back sizable market share”

Marcel van de Kar, Vopak director New Energies added: "This project allows us to accumulate knowledge and experience with generating green electricity at our terminals and gives us the opportunity to explore the possibility to scale up this promising technology."

In october 2020 the first batch of the 1 MWp project will be installed in the Laurenshaven. 

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