Tuesday 28th Mar 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Samskip installs €1m solar panel system at Rotterdam

Samskip, the global logistics business, has installed the biggest solar panel system in the Port of Rotterdam through its subsidiary frigoCare. The €1million system is located on the roof of frigoCare’s Rotterdam cold-store – with 3,100 solar panels covering an area of 7,500 sq m.

Solar panels, Rotterdam Port, NetherlandsThe system is able to produce 750,000kWh of electricity a year, which the company says is equivalent to the amount needed to power 250 family homes in a year.

The development was part of a partnership with Zon Exploitatie Nederland, the Dutch renewable energy company.

“When we upgraded our cold-store, which is primarily used to store frozen fish, we wanted to make it as environmentally friendly as possible,” said frigoCare managing director, Jan Bouman. “The partnership with ZEN has enabled us to reduce our annual carbon emissions by around 325 tonnes a year.”

The port currently has a target to generate 20 GWh via solar power by 2018, and 1,000 GWh by 2030.

ZEN director and founder, Michel Peek said: “Rotterdam has great ambitions to be a green city, but has not so far been that successful, ranking low in terms of solar power generation among all Dutch municipalities. With this investment it will rise significantly up that list, and we hope this project will provide confidence for other similar installations in the months and years to come.”

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