Alqueva Floating Solar Farm was awarded the European Sustainable Energy Award 2023 in the Innovation category for bringing together solar energy, hydropower and battery storage in innovative scalable technology to reduce emissions and protect nature simultaneously.
This principle of combining different forms of renewable energy in one project underpins the 5MW Alqueva Floating Solar Farm, where 12 000 solar panels float on 4 hectares of an existing hydropower reservoir in central Portugal. The park, whose elastic mooring system was developed as part of the EU-funded Fresher project (European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund), supplies enough energy to power 30% of the energy usage of households in the region.
The award recognises outstanding ongoing or recently completed EU-funded projects that show an original and innovative path toward the clean energy transition. European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson congratulated the three award winners at the Awards Ceremony on first day of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and energy efficiency in Europe.
- Publication date
- 20 June 2023
- European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency