Logistics company Samskip has completed the installation of the Port of Rotterdam’s largest solar panel system as part of the facilities’ sustainability strategy.
The company completed the project through its subsidiary frigoCare in partnership with Dutch renewable energy company Zon Exploitatie Nederland (ZEN).
The new green energy system, which was installed on the roof of frigoCare’s 14,000 pallet-capacity cold-store in Rotterdam, includes a total of around 3,100 solar panels.
The system, which is able to generate 750,000kWh of electricity per year, is expected to significantly reduce the port’s carbon footprint.
The installation of the solar panel system, which covers an area of 7,500 sq m, increases by 25% the amount of energy being generated by solar power at the port, currently 3 GWh.
The port’s plan is to increase this amount to 20 GWh by 2018 and 1,000 GWh by 2030.
The system’s installation required an investment of around €1m (US$), which is expected to be recovered within a 10-year pay-back period.
The solar panel installation, for which an official opening ceremony will take place on September 2, is owned by ZEN, with the roof’s surface being provided by frigoCare.
Prior to the solar panels’ installation, Samskip’s subsidiary invested about €650,000 in renewing the cold-store roof, which is mainly used to store frozen fish.