Solar Duck in Malaysia

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TNB Renewables and TNB Research have signed a Letter of Intent with SolarDuck and Hydro This signing marks the beginning of a partnership to advance solar energy solutions in Malaysia and Southeast Asia

• SolarDuck will install a 780kW offshore floating solar (OFS) plant off the coast of Tioman island in Malaysia as a research project to assess technical and economic feasibility of OFS in Malaysia. • Installation targeted to be completed by 2025. • New distributed energy generation methods like OFS will provide additional pathway for TNB to diversify its RE portfolio and achieve its net zero aspiration. • Hydro contributes with engineering and production of the aluminium profiles which the solar plant is constructed from. • Tioman island is the starting point of a renewable future for Malaysia, opening a large potential for OFS in the entire region as OFS is set to become the most affordable marine energy technology by 2030.

Rotterdam, Oslo, Kuala Lumpur 15.06.2023 As part of the global roll out of Offshore Floating Solar, SolarDuck AS together with its project partners, TNB Renewables Sdn Bhd (TRe) and TNB Research Sdn Bhd (TNBR), wholly owned subsidiaries of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the largest electricity utility in Malaysia, and Hydro Extrusion Norway AS, a leading aluminium and energy company committed to a sustainable future, is pleased to announce an exciting new project in Malaysia. “We are extremely pleased to start our work together with TRe, TNBR and Hydro. For SolarDuck this means that we are building a footprint in Malaysia, a country in a region with the world’s largest potential for OFS”, says Koen Burgers, CEO SolarDuck.

SolarDuck will install a 780kW offshore floating solar (OFS) plant off the coast of Tioman island in Malaysia, to assess technical and economic feasibility of OFS in Malaysia. The installation is targeted to be completed by 2025. The Tioman island project will accelerate technology development for stand-alone use in the tropical areas, and support to drive the cost competitiveness of OFS as the most affordable marine energy technology by 2030.

The signing of the LOI illustrates the commitment of all four companies to the OFS technology. To this cause, their expertise is leveraged, and synergies created that will enable the acceleration of the development and adoption of offshore floating solar energy in Malaysia and the wider region.

This collaboration represents a significant step towards a net zero future for Malaysia, as the country seeks to diversify its energy mix and create a renewable energy system. “The main goal of TNB is to get to net zero while providing a reliable and cost competitive energy supply without jeopardizing the environment. Offshore floating solar provides an exciting opportunity for achieving this”, says Zarihi Hashim, Chief New Energy Officer, TNB.