French companies Ciel & Terre and Principia have entered into a collaboration agreement to further develop Ciel & Terre’s leading floating solar platform systems, supported by Principia’s strong technical background in the offshore renewable energy industry.
Ciel & Terre has an outstanding track record of floating solar platforms deployed all over the world with over 135 projects installed; Principia is a leader on engineering and design of floating foundations for PV and Wind Offshore industry. Ciel & Terre has entered into the final phase of certification of their floating platforms to tender on very large projects. Principia’s support will contribute to accelerating the development of this product by putting together 30 years’ experience in mooring systems, floating offshore structures and cable design, in addition to a strong knowledge of coupled hydro-aero mechanical system and associated modelling and design challenges.
Benoit Chassé, Business Development and Project Manager for Principia said, “Floating solar market is about to become huge in the years to come, this is a really exciting time for Ciel & Terre. I am looking forward to supporting Ciel & Terre’s loating platform development to be ready for giant floating projects to come.”
Speaking about the two companies’ joint perspective, Olivier Philippart, Project & Engineering Director for Ciel & Terre, said, “Floating Solar projects are becoming more and more challenging in terms of size but also in terms of environmental conditions. We see huge projects materializing on hydro-dams and coastal areas where combined efforts of wind and waves will be comparable to those experienced offshore. Partnering with Principia is for us the opportunity to benefit from their experience in designing cost-effective solutions in such environments.”