Boost R&D: Bringing offshore ocean sun to the global market

Project title: Boost R&D: Bringing offshore ocean sun to the global market  

Project location: Tazacorte, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain


  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • Mooring engineering and design
  • Numerical modelling of the technology

Project summary:

BOOST – Bringing Offshore Ocean Sun to the global market – is an innovative research and development (R&D) project, partially funded by the European Union (EU), with the objective of designing and deploying Europe’s largest ocean-based floating solar energy system.

Mooring design and numerical modelling for the Floating Solar PV research and development (R&D) project.

Start date: 2021–2023 

Marine floating photovoltaic plants are still in a nascent stage due to the challenges posed by open sea conditions. BOOST addresses these challenges with a new floating PV plant system inspired in part by floating and mooring technology that has been used for 20 years in Norwegian waters by the fish farming industry.

The project achieved significant milestones in the development of a commercial floating solar PV system. The site is located close to the port of Tazacorte at La Palma (La Isla Bonita).

The project also aligned with the EU’s commitment to remove barriers in implementing renewable energies, in accordance with its Solar Energy Strategy and the incentives for self-consumption installations.

The BOOST consortium was coordinated by Ocean Sun and comprised key partners such as Innosea, PLOCAN, The Institute of Technology of the Canary Islands (ITC) and Fred Olsen Renewables.

Successful development and implementation

The demonstrator utilizes Ocean Sun’s patented floating solar photovoltaics (FPV) technology and marks the final milestone in a comprehensive three-year-long R&D project focused on demonstrating and validating a solution for seawater floating PV.

During the project, Ocean Sun’s technology was analysed by the independent engineering firm Innosea and tested at the SINTEF Ocean Basin laboratory.

Furthermore, the project has obtained a site-specific design verification from DNV according to Ocean Sun’s design premise, confirming the design’s suitability for deployment.

Our Value

Research and Development

Research and Development

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