Producing up to 22 MWe, the installation output will be used in the steelmaking process.
Working with energy developer Pure Energie, the two-year installation of the panels is due to start in the spring of 2016 and cover a total of 25 hectares. Pure Energie will fund the development.
Hans Fischer, Chief Technical Officer of Tata Steel’s European operations, said: ‘This project will further minimise our carbon footprint. Since 1990 we have reduced the amount of energy needed to produce steel by more than 30% at our IJmuiden site, which is already one of the world’s most energy-efficient steel plants.’
Fuelled by gases produced by the steelmaking process, the plant will double the site's power generation capacity from 115.7 MWe to 225 MWe.