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News article20 June 2023European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency1 min read

CINEA project wins the EUSEW Awards

Alqueva Floating Solar Farm, a project of the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), was awarded the European Sustainable Energy Award 2023 in the Innovation category.  

EUSEW 2023 Awards

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.

Meet the other 2023 European Sustainable Energy Awards winners!