Japan’s first offshore floating solar array aims to generate power in Tokyo Bay that can then be stored and shipped back to shore in batteries by drone sailing vessels. Dutch-Norwegian floating solar pwoer pioneer SolarDuck said its consortium with Tokyu Land Corporation and Everblue has been selected to build a demonstration plant as part of a Tokyo government plan to mobilise cutting-edge technologies for the city’s next 100 years. SolarDuck aims to deploy its floating solar system and mooring cables in Tokyo Bay Area. The energy generated would be stored in batteries that would be transported back to shore by Everblue’s autonomous vessels for use in the power-hungry Japanese capital. Dutch startup SolarDuck has developed an innovative offshore floating solar solution that is purportedly ideal for offshore conditions. The floating structure is designed to handle coastal sea conditions and hurricane-force winds. It is also optimized for offshore sites in estuaries, natural harbors, as well as near-shore sites. The company's basic floating platforms are triangular structures measuring 16 x 16 x 16 meters. They resemble offshore floating wind platforms or floating oil platforms. They can be flexibly connected together to form large plants. The platforms allow the company to place PV modules more than 3 meters above the water surface. The distance from the water surface also ensures that the modules and other components stay dry. And the company claims that the large size of the platforms is favorable from a power output perspective, as the platforms move around less, which ensures more stable power output. This particular configuration enables the use of conventional PV modules without the need for specifically designed products.