Vopak Vlaardingen has installed flexible, thin and lightweights solar powerfoil solar panels on the roof of one of its storage tanks.
The company is currently testing the solar powerfoil, along with insulation, to see how it can utilise different forms of renewable energy.
If the test is successful, the storage operator plans to fit the solar film to other tank roofs and walls at the facility which mainly stores edible oils.
Ard Huisman, managing director of Vopak Vlaardingen, says: ‘Large amounts of energy are needed to store and pump these products, because many edible oils are prone to congealing in our climate.
‘As well as insulation, this solar powerfoil is one of the measures we are currently testing to see how we can further reduce our CO2 footprint.’
According to Michel Bresser, area manager and solar manager at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, an increasing number of companies are installing solar panels on roofs. ‘Renewable energy such as wind and solar power is crucial in making the port more sustainable. That’s why we think it is important that companies use solar power where possible.’