Floating Solar

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Floating solar, also known as floating photovoltaic (FPV), refers to any sort of solar array that floats on top of a body of water – be it the ocean, a lake or a pond.   

Floating solar has several advantages but is still in its relative infancy, so there remain a lot of unknowns in its installation and operation. There are also restrictions on the number of places it can be installed.  

Innosea – part of OWC – is a pioneer in the development of floating solar PV (photovoltaic) farms, offering a comprehensive package of front-end engineering, design and advisory services to support the innovation and construction of this growing technology. 

OWC has successfully evolved its service offering and in-house capabilities at pace with the rapidly developing floating solar PV market and has been invited to join four multinational Research & Development (‘R&D’) projects:  

  • INTERREG North-West Europe – Marine Energy Alliance  
  • Trust-PV 
  • BOOST Project 
  • DNVGL Floating Solar JIP 

Where we work in Solar

Floating Solar

Floating Solar

Combining our technical excellence in the engineering and design of marine renewable energy sources, with the wider long-term legacy of ABL Group in de-risking marine operations, OWC is perfectly placed to provide comprehensive technical support on floating solar farms in all types of locations: reservoirs, quarry lakes, open water etc.
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What we do

We work closely with renewable teams across ABL Group and Longitude Engineering to provide market-leading support at every stage of a floating solar PV farm’s lifecycle – from early concept and planning through to operations and maintenance: 

Floating Solar PV Farms Design  

  • Management & Supervision 
  • Control room 
  • Production optimisation 
  • Annual Energy Production 
  • Logistics design  

Planning & Permitting  

  • Concept Development Pre-FEED 
  • Environmental Monitoring & Impact Assessment  
  • Navigation Risk Assessments in support of EIA 
  • Human Impact Assessment 

Site Conditions  

  • Site Selection and layout  
  • GHI, wind and wave, current, soil survey 
  • Annual energy production  
  • Developer and/or financier support 
  • FEED 

Floating Solar PV Farms Construction  


  • Suitability review  
  • Selection and interaction with AEP and mooring design  
  • Tender specifications 
  • Package management  
  • Technical Due Diligence 
  • HSEQ 

Transport & Installation  

  • Marine Warranty Survey services 
  • Tender specifications 
  • Package management  
  • Marine engineering  
  • Cable installation, routing, in-place 
Owner’s Engineering

Owner’s Engineering

Our owner’s engineering ensures your project runs on time, on budget and according to your objectives.


OWC draws on a vase range of engineering expertise to provide you with specialist engineering and analysis across every stage of a renewable project’s lifecycle.
Substation on calm sea

Electrical Engineering

As experts in offshore wind, we provide engineering and consulting services throughout the offshore wind project lifecycle. However, our primary focus areas lie within the development and pre-construction phase. 

The value we bring

110 floating solar projects.

In 20 countries.

2500 MWp floating solar capacity.

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