Rooftop solar project

Rooftop solar project

Century Aluminum Vlissingen B.V. and Zeeuwind sign agreement

Century Aluminum Vlissingen B.V. and Zeeuwind will work together to realize a large PV installation on the roofs of Century Aluminum in Ritthem. With a capacity of 3.5 MWp, this is the largest solar-on-roof project for Zeeuwind to date and one of the largest in the province of Zeeland.

The PV installation must generate more than 3 GWh of electricity. That is converted to energy for about 1000 households. For Century Vlissingen this is about 18% of the annual electricity requirement.

Since 2019, Zeeuwind and Century Aluminum Vlissingen have been discussing sustainability. Both the possibilities for wind energy and solar energy have been investigated.

Now that the solar energy project has started, Century Vlissingen and Zeeuwind will continue to explore other sustainability options. Among other things, the working group will look into the possibility of installing a wind turbine on the Century Vlissingen site to produce green hydrogen. Provided it is available at a competitive price, this hydrogen can be a possible replacement for the natural gas required in the production process.

“The results achieved by the Century Aluminum Vlissingen team are among the best worldwide,” says plant manager Robert Quak. “We are capable of solving today’s and tomorrow’s problems. We do this by continuously working on improvements, innovations and sustainability.

“The realization of a solar‐on-roof project is a time-consuming and specialist job,” says Jochem Compiet. “As Zeeuwind, we help entrepreneurs with their sustainability ambitions. We provide advice and unburden the entrepreneur in the entire process from applying for subsidies to realizing and operating the solar installation.”

“Century Vlissingen enjoys working with Zeeuwind on various projects that support our sustainability vision. Thanks to the expertise of Zeeuwind, we can accelerate our energy transition and work on our vision for the future to produce low-carbon anodes at a competitive price.” said Robert Quak.

Now that the agreement has been signed, the engineering can start. The realization of the project is expected to start in 2022.