Global logistics company Samskip installed the largest solar panel system in the port of Rotterdam through subsidiary frigoCare, as part of its sustainability strategy. The initiative has been undertaken in partnership with Dutch renewable energy company Zon Exploitatie Nederland (ZEN), working in close cooperation with the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
The system was installed on the roof of frigoCare’s 14,000 pallet-capacity cold-store in Rotterdam. In total, some 3,100 solar panels were fitted, covering an area of 7,500 m2 and capable of generating 750,000 kWh of electricity a year. This would be enough to meet the average annual energy needs of 250 family homes, significantly reducing the carbon footprint in Europe’s largest port.
The new solar panel installation is owned by ZEN, while the roof’s surface is provided by frigoCare. In turn, frigoCare benefits from access to a cheaper, and ‘greener’ energy supply. The cold-store uses around 2.7 GWh of energy a year. Under the agreement between frigoCare and ZEN, the solar panels will meet around 30 per cent of this requirement. Any excess power will go back into the local electricity grid.