Samskip launch record-breaking solar panel system in Rotterdam

Samskip launch record-breaking solar panel system in Rotterdam

Global logistics company Samskip’s subsidiary frigoCare has installed the largest solar panel system ever in the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Samskip have partnered with Dutch renewable energy company Zon Exploitatie Nederland (ZEN) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

The system has been installed on the roof of frigoCare’s 14,000 pallet-capacity cold-store, which is mainly used to store frozen fish.

Around 3,100 solar panels have been fitted in total, covering an area of 7,500m2 and capable of producing 750,000kWh of electricity annually.

This amount of electricity would be enough to meet the average annual energy needs of 250 homes, notably reducing the carbon footprint in Europe’s largest port.

The new installation increases the amount of energy being generated by solar power in Rotterdam on its own by 25%.

The city’s goal for 2018 is 20Gwh and 1,000GWh by 2030.

Jan Bouman, frigoCare managing director said: “The partnership with ZEN has enabled us to reduce our annual carbon emissions by around 325 tonnes a year. It is an example which we hope others in the logistics and transport industry will follow.”

The installation is owned by ZEN, while the roof’s surface is produced by frigoCare.

Under the deal between both companies, the solar panels will meet 30% of this requirement and any excess power will go back into the local electricity grid.