Ivar Blekastad is the COO of Ocean Sun, a listed company on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Ocean Sun is a leading FPV supplier of a unique, patented Floating PV technology.
Prior to joining Ocean Sun in 2022 Ivar was one of the founders of the Norwegian ingot and wafer manufacturer Norwegian Crystals. He served in multiple roles as COO, CCO and CPO in the period 2012 to 2022. Ivar has extensive PV experience since 2008 when he joined REC Solar and was head of Module production in Singapore. Prior to joining the Solar business Ivar worked as Managing director and Plant manager in the Automotive business for Hydro Aluminium. Ivar holds a MSc in Reliability and Risk analysis from the University of Stavanger.
12:35 pm - 12:50 pm
Floating Solar Power I: Expanding Onshore and Emerging Offshore
Floating PV (FPV) has become established as an alternative PV power plant application for regions that either have space constraints or that are looking to protect water reservoirs from pollution and evaporation. As total FPV onshore deployment worldwide is expected to reach double-digit GW output soon, the industry has started looking at the almost endless surface of the oceans in response to the limited potential of onshore development.
This session will discuss: