Katapult Ocean Alumni

Nijmegen, Netherlands

SolarDuck develops offshore floating solar platforms and delivers scalable solutions to harvest energy offshore. 

Solarduck wants to use the ocean as a space for harvesting renewable energy due to land-scarcity issues in ‘megacities’. By 2030, energy demand will have increased by 38% mainly due to the rising wealth, electrification, and digitization of societies in Asia. There is a need for sustainable energy production while safeguarding supply and competitive pricing. SolarDuck power plants are remotely controlled, hardly require maintenance and are fully connected to the grid for more efficient delivery of electricity.

Stage of funding:

Raising Series A

Mentoring needs:

  1. Team scaling
  2. Business model development
  3. Sales
  4. marketing

About the founders

Koen Burgers

As a passionate maritime professional, Koen wanted to leverage his extensive experience in strategy, consulting and management to develop the next scalable ocean solar panel industry. He started as management consultant in the field of Supply Chain, Strategic Sourcing and Partnerships (Alliances) where he established and structured partnerships, and developed execution and dealmaking skills. He then became Director Strategy and Business Transformation at Damen Shipyards group. In 2019 he co-founded Solarduck with two senior Dutch entrepreneurs.

Don Hoogendoorn 

Don is passionate about having a positive impact on organizations in which he believes. As a strategic visionary thinker, he always seeks to positively influence others and forging high-performance teams that can innovate quickly. His aeronautical engineering background enabled him to take on management roles for cutting-edge engineering projects. Before co-founding Solarduck, he was Principal Research Engineer at Damen Shipyards group where he was directly responsible for research engineers, technical development of collaborating teams and corporate structure and production roadmap development.

Olad de Swart

Olaf had acquired a BSc and MSc in aeronautical engineering which gives him deep understanding of technical projects. His career was mostly in project management, where he focused on high impact and long term research projects in the area of composites, adhesive bonding and plastics. He was responsible for the implementation of design methods, problem solving and team building.