Solar power systems for ports and terminals

The idea for sustainable, solar-powered mooring dolphins was first conceived in 2013. Straatman received the request from a main port authority to investigate the possibility of powering capstans without power cables, in particular for dolphins located in open water. In close cooperation with the port authority we developed a design based on solar panels.

After a pilot project in 2014, the design was further optimised for installation and its size was reduced. Working lights and navigations lights were also integrated. This second generation of the design was then ordered by the Port of Rotterdam. Since then we have delivered our solar powered systems to ports and terminals across the globe!

Solar energy in port of rotterdam

Our solar power systems for ports and terminals

Benefits of solar powered systems for ports and terminals 

  • Guaranteed and continuous availability of power
  • No more damaged cables caused by anchors or dredgers
  • Expensive and risk-full cable laying on the sea or port bottom is history
  • Reduction of lead time during construction of dolphins and berths
  • Low maintenance
  • Reliability
  • Reduction of energy costs
  • Environmental contribution
  • Increases safety
  • Gives the possibility to install electrical units on places were regular power supply is not possible
Solar power quick release hooks and capstans

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Recent Solar Systems projects

Our mooring and dredging expertise combined

A couple of years ago we used our expertise to design remotely operated 250 tons quick release hooks, equipped with a solar powered hydraulic powerpack. These are used by a mega cutter suction dredger on their left and right anchor line pontoons, for safe deployment and operation. The lines are used to move the ship in a left-to-right motion, sweeping their dredging work along the sea or river bed.

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Calandkanaal mooring project ready for installation

After a lot of hard work in the last months of last year, we are happy to inform you that we have successfully completed the assembly and testing of the 24 ATEX and Safe Area solar systems for the expansion of the berths 81 and 82 in the Calandkanaal, Port of Rotterdam. All systems were completely tested in our factory to ensure a smooth and efficient installation on site coming April 2022.

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First deliveries of berthing project Calandkanaal

The first of 14 transports has just left our factory in Zwijndrecht, delivering a large solar and mooring hook project to the Port of Rotterdam.

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What to expect from our Straatman team

In-house production in The Netherlands

You contribute to the environment

Meeting technical developments with natural resources

Risks for cable damages and high maintenance costs are avoided

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