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Sep 07, 2021

From sailing criss-cross to steering on data

Start-up Techbinder ensures that the offshore wind industry can deploy its fleet much more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Jul 15, 2021

Energy storage is the missing link in the energy transition

Successful test results for Ocean Battery
Jun 25, 2021

Seaqualize and Reefy selected for 6th Rotterdam PortXL Program

The contenders for the 6th PortXL acceleration program were announced. Dutch companies Reefy and Seaqualize were selected together with thirteen other innovative entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Jun 17, 2021

Kitepower secures €3 million for innovative airborne wind energy system

Energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ, Stichting ifund and Windhandel Beheer are investing €1 million each in Kitepower.
Jun 16, 2021

Offshore solar park supports low wind regions

Start-up SolarDuck has developed a floating offshore solar platform that can withstand hurricanes, strong currents and high waves.
Jun 10, 2021

Dutch Innovation Makes Wind Turbine Installation Greener

Dutch companies CORROSION and Amphibious Energy have launched the new ICCP-POD.
May 27, 2021

Tetrahedron and Friede & Goldman join in NewWindShape

Dutch innovative crane designer Tetrahedron and US company Friede & Goldman are combining forces to develop NewWindShape.
May 27, 2021

RWE and Ampyx receive green light for construction airborne wind test centre in Ireland

RWE is, ​in partnership with Ampyx Power, ​to establish its first test centre to investigate the potential of innovative airborne wind energy technologies.
May 26, 2021

Taking the elevator to the working platform

In only two years Zbridge has designed and marketed a fully operational Bring-to-Work system.
Mar 31, 2021

Tetrahedron winner Offshore Wind Innovators Awards 2020

Tetrahedron is the winner of both the jury and public award of the Offshore Wind Innovators Award 2020.
Mar 29, 2021

Damen and MO4 Pair Up for Offshore Wind Vessel Digitalization

Damen Shipyards Group has partnered with MO4 to pair its Triton monitoring platform with MO4 motion forecasting service for the offshore wind sector.
Mar 29, 2021

​SkyLab, Tetrahedron and Z-Bridge nominee for the Offshore Wind Innovators Award 2020

SkyLab, Tetrahedron and Z-Bridge hope to win the Offshore Wind Innovators Award, a contest for the most innovative SME company in offshore wind.
Mar 19, 2021

Call for partners with technical challenges

TKI Wind op Zee and Offshore Wind Innovators present the fifth edition of the Innovation Challenge
Mar 11, 2021

A silent and fast method for installing monopiles

GBM Works has developed a method to install monopiles in a silent and fast way. The vibratory hammer with a jet gun is cheaper and less harmful to marine life.
Mar 11, 2021

Reefy winner of Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2020

On March 4 innovators Reefy, ReefSystems and ILVO Flanders competed by pitching their solution to two challenges De Rijke Noordzee has issued. The jury declared Reefy the winner of the Challenge 2020.
Feb 17, 2021

Watch ‘The Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2020’ finale live on March 4

​On March 4, the finals of the fourth edition of ‘The Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge’ (OWIC) will be held at De Oude Bibliotheek in Delft. You can witness the final via a live-stream.
Feb 17, 2021

GBM Works to Build Prototype for Silent Monopile Installation

GBM Works has received a EUR 1.8 million grant from to construct a prototype of its monopile installation technology that is said to minimize noise pollution.
Feb 09, 2021 supports the future of offshore floating installation

Offshore heavy lifting: Why use power, if you have balance?
Feb 01, 2021

Z-Bridge’s Bring-to-Work system to support Hornsea 2

Z-Bridge Offshore Access Solutions will provide new motion compensated ‘Bring-to-Work’ system for deployment on crew transfer vessels (CTVs) of Ørsted’s Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm construction.
Jan 28, 2021

MO4 Acquires BMO

MO4 and BMO recently signed a acquisition deal. A strategic acquisition that enables MO4 to become a one-stop-shop for marine operational excellence.
Jan 28, 2021

Are you the most innovative offshore wind entrepreneur of 2020?

2020 was a year that was full of innovative ideas and entrepreneurs. Now it is time to choose the most innovative SME company in offshore wind.
Jan 13, 2021

Please meet Offshore Wind Innovators Challenge Finalist ILVO Flanders

Creating a sustainable and non-destructive way to monitor marine biodiversity
Jan 13, 2021

Please meet Offshore Wind Innovators Challenge Finalist REEFY

Innovation for Nature
Jan 13, 2021

Please meet Offshore Wind Innovators Challenge Finalist REEFSYSTEMS

Design solutions for the marine environment
Jan 12, 2021

Topsector Energie makes € 200,000 available to SMEs under the Innovation Brokers scheme (Innovatiemakelaars)

A subsidy for the hiring of an ‘innovation broker’ by SMEs. The compensation for hiring an innovation broker will be 80% of the costs incurred, up to a maximum of 10,000 euros (incl. VAT) per SME.
Dec 21, 2020

Finalists of the Innovation Challenge: ILVO Flanders, Reefsystems and Reefy!

The time has come to announce the finalists and the details about the Finals of the Innovation Challenge!
Nov 26, 2020

Offshore Wind Innovation Award

Are you the most innovative SME company in offshore wind of 2020? For the fourth time entrepreneurs can compete for the most appealing offshore wind innovation.
Nov 11, 2020

Next level wave intelligence for Floating Wind Farms (FOWF)

Harvesting wind energy from far offshore has significant advantages. At the same time, it introduces many challenges and some unknown issues still yet to be faced.
Nov 10, 2020

Revolutionary crane design keeps existing jack-up vessels in service

Start-up Tetrahedron has designed a crane that can lift wind turbine components up to 50 meters higher than conventional cranes
Sep 24, 2020

C1 Connections successfully performs full-scale test with the C1 Wedge Connection

The C1 Wedge Connection is a high-capacity, low-maintenance connection that can be installed in a fast and safe manner.
Aug 18, 2020

Investor Day - Application open!

Are you looking for a capital injection for your company to finance your innovation? Topsector Energie organizes an Investor Day on the 12th of November 2020. Fill in your application now.
Aug 18, 2020

Innovation Challenge - Update

News: The winners of the 4th Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge will have the opportunity to test their solutions in the Innovation Lab at Stichting Noordzeeboerderij!
Aug 18, 2020

Topsector Energy makes 100.000 € extra available for hiring an Innovation Broker

Earlier this year the subsidy for hiring innovation brokers was exhausted in one week. Many SME entrepreneurs applied for a financial contribution. The Topsector Energy: extra subsidy budget available
Jul 13, 2020

Hydroelectric station on seabed to store energy

​Ocean Grazer has developed a hydraulic battery to optimally match the supply and demand of electricity.​
Jul 07, 2020

Autonomous Offshore Wind Guard Vessel Introduced

A consortium has unveiled a concept design for an Autonomous Guard Vessel (AGV), to be used for surveillance of offshore wind infrastructure, from wind farms to substation platforms and cable routes.
Jun 15, 2020

Britisch innovation challenge to improve logistics at quayside

Digitally track and manage large components at quayside storage areas
Jun 07, 2020

R&D subsidy for innovative entrepreneurs opens on June 11

From June 11, 9:00 am to September 10, 2020, 5:00 pm you can apply for a subsidy for MIT-R&D collaboration projects.
May 28, 2020

Kick-off 4th Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge

Offshore Wind Innovators offers, in close cooperation with TKI Wind op Zee and Echt, innovative entrepreneurs a solution with the 4th Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge.​
May 25, 2020

Online Masterclass Finance for innovative energy entrepreneurs

the Financing Desk of the Top Sector Energy and New Energy Coalition are organizing a Masterclass Finance on 25 June.
May 13, 2020

Hydrogen turbine construction starts

The first construction phase of a hydrogen turbine starts in the Wieringermeer on the ECN Wind Turbine test field Wieringermeer..HYGRO is able to start construction
May 06, 2020

Lower uncertainties for North Sea offshore wind energy with accurate wind information

​The Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas (DOWA) provides accurate wind information at the North Sea for offshore wind energy use.
May 05, 2020

Smart blade tip design prevents vortex

​​Brand new start-up nigeQ is ready to test an innovative blade tip that eliminates vortex at the end of turbine blades.
May 01, 2020

Slip Joint Foundation makes debut

Van Oord has installed a Slip Joint foundation at the Borssele Wind Farm Site V offshore the Netherlands.
Apr 28, 2020

Corona brigding loan for startup, scaleups and innovative SME's

The Dutch government is allocating € 100 million for bridging loans for start-ups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs. The Regional Development Companies (ROMs) provide this Corona Bridging Loans (COL).
Apr 08, 2020

Sif Displays Slip Joint Hardware

Dutch offshore foundations manufacturer Sif has upended the slip joint transition piece built for the Borssele V innovation site at its facility on Maasvlakte 2 in the Port of Rotterdam.
Mar 09, 2020

Subsidy for Circular Chain Projects

Would you like to design a circular product or service together with other entrepreneurs active in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)?
Feb 17, 2020

WindEurope: Europe Needs to Double Wind Installation

Wind energy provided 15% of the electricity in Europe in 2019, however, the current rate of installation is not enough to deliver the Green Deal, according to WindEurope.
Dec 16, 2019

The Offshore Wind Innovators community is moving

As from 1st of January 2020, the Community of Offshore Wind Innovators will become part of TKI Wind op Zee.
Dec 11, 2019

MO4 and Seaqualize winners Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2019

During the Q-meeting of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa, the audience of 240 wind energy professionals awarded Seaqualize with the public prize. The prize of the professional jury went to MO4.
Dec 09, 2019

Marine Performance Systems wins Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019

Marine Performance Systems is the winner of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019. This company has found a solution for noise reduction during piling.
Nov 27, 2019

Special booth arrangement for SME’s at the Wind Expo Tokyo

SME's who are looking for business opportunities in Japan, are invited by HHWE/NWEA to join the Holland Pavilion at the Wind Expo Tokyo,
Nov 25, 2019

Finalists of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award announced

On December 11 the entrepreneurs of MO4, Seaqualize and Amphibious Energy will present themselves for representatives of the wind industry.
Nov 25, 2019

Free basin time for SME concept testing

MARIN offers SME clients* a free basin slot of two weeks (eighty basin hours including a qualified test engineer) and a one-day workshop with an experienced MARIN Project Manager and Project Engineer.
Nov 22, 2019

Inspiring meeting between energy entrepreneurs and investors during InvestorDay

​On November 21, InnovatieLink successfully brought 6 innovative entrepreneurs in the energy sector in contact with 25 investors.
Nov 19, 2019

Ampelmann ups offshore lifting game

Ampelmann has revealed a new access system that is said to be capable of transferring personnel and cargo of up to 5 tons.
Nov 13, 2019

First annual Dutch Offshore Wind Market Update

Navigant, Nederlandse WindEnergie Associatie, TKI Wind op Zee, and GROW partnered to create the first annual Dutch Offshore Wind Market Update 2019 report which tracks the Dutch offshore wind rollout.
Nov 07, 2019

Finals Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge

On December 9, 2019 Offshore Wind Innovators organises the Finals of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge. During the event the finalists of the challenges will present their case for the audience,
Nov 06, 2019

Masterclass Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019

The masterclass of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge was a success. The masterclass was attended by 8 companies andstart-ups, totalling to 20 participants, on Monday November 4th.
Nov 03, 2019

Last chance to become the offshore wind innovator of 2019

​5 november is the deadline for entrepreneurs who have the ambition to be awarded as the most innovative company in offshore wind of 2019.
Oct 21, 2019

Over 20 applicants for InvestorDay

23 entrepreneurs have registered for the InvestorDay that InnovationLink organizes for innovative energy companies.
Oct 17, 2019

Deutsche Windtechnik to take care of trianel windpark Borkum II turbines

​Deutsche Windtechnik has received an order to provide maintenance for the 32 Senvion 6.3M 152 turbines at the Trianel Windpark Borkum II wind farm in the German North Sea.
Oct 10, 2019

Registration for Innovation Award open until 5 November

Are you the most innovative SME company in offshore wind of 2019? Don't hesitate and subscribe for the Offshore Wind Innovation Award.
Oct 08, 2019

Last call to apply to the Innovation Challenge and InvestorDay!

Register now for the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge and the InvestorDay. The deadlines for application are 17 and 15 October.
Oct 02, 2019

Only two weeks left to register for the InvestorDay

Entrepreneurs in the energy sector who need a capital injection into their company can still register for the InvestorDay until 15 October
Sep 16, 2019

Slip Joint Turbine completes offshore tests

DOB-Academy has shared a video showing the removal of the Delft Offshore Turbine (DOT) as part of the Slip Joint Offshore Research project.
Sep 16, 2019

Masterclass Finance on September 19 fully booked

The Finance Masterclass on September 19, which is organized by InnovatieLink in collaboration with the Topsector Energie, is fully booked.
Sep 15, 2019

Z-bridge completes steelwork for new offshore access system

The Dutch Z-bridge B.V. has completed the fabrication and assembly of the steelwork for its Bring-to-Work (B2W) offshore access system.
Sep 06, 2019

Final of the 2nd edition next week is postponed!

We hope to welcome you on Monday the 9th of December in Delft, from 15.00 – 18.00, to witness a diverse evening from candidates showing many innovative ideas for the Wind Energy Sector!
Aug 26, 2019

Make an innovative contribution in offshore wind

​Do you have a solution for a climate neutral vessel, sustainable oyster cage or a robust and cost-effective noise reduction method for offshore piling? Apply between 26 August and 17 October.​
Aug 22, 2019

InvestorDay for innovative energy companies

For entrepreneurs in the energy sector who are looking for risk capital, InnovationLink organizes an InvestorDay on 21 November 2019 in Delft. Entrepreneurs can register from 22 august to 15 october.
Aug 13, 2019

Funding for cooperation between SMEs and universities

​Innovative companies in the energy sector who are looking for cooperation with a University or HBO can apply for NWO funding.
Aug 12, 2019

Subsidy for Fieldlab Zephyros project AIRTuB

Top Sector Energy has awarded Fieldlab Zephyros a project subsidy for the smart maintenance innovation project AIRTuB (Automatic Inspection and Repair of Turbine Blades).
Jul 26, 2019

RVO seeks Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Resource Assessors

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( is inviting companies to express their interest in carrying out a wind resource assessment of the Hollandse Kust (west) wind farm zone.
Jul 22, 2019

TenneT issues FEED study call for 2GW offshore platforms

Transmission system operator TenneT TSO BV has issued a contract notice for the provision of a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the Ijmuiden Ver offshore platforms.
Jul 08, 2019

Carbon Trust Contest looks to improve wind resource models

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched an international competition focused on improving offshore wind resource models.
Jul 04, 2019

InnovatieLink opens Financieringsloket for entrepreneurs in the energy sector

From 1 July entrepreneurs in the energy sector in need of how and where they could find financing for their innovation, can contact the Financieringsloket
Jul 03, 2019

Masterclass Finance on September 19

​To get more insight in how and where to source financing for your innovation, InnovatieLink organises a Masterclass Finance on Spetember 2019
Jun 24, 2019

Applications for MIT R&D collaboration projects opened

SME entrepreneurs can submit an application for an R&D cooperation project on the development or renewal of products, processes or services from 11 June to 10 September 2019.
Jun 19, 2019

Three cross sectoral solutions for bolt challenges

​This year’s offshore wind innovation challenge has kicked off with the challenges of Deutsche Wind Technik- technical maintenance company in the wind energy sector.
Jun 03, 2019

Last call for Innovation Challenges

Do you have a solution for corrosion of bolts or for measuring stress in bolts? Apply before 10 june.
May 20, 2019

LiftWerx launches GenHook Up-Tower crane system

LiftWerx, in close co-operation with Kenz Figee and, has developed the world’s most cost effective, versatile, and environmentally-friendly up-tower crane for the wind energy O&M industry.
May 14, 2019

Apply for Offshore Wind Innovation Challenges!

Startups, scaleups, researchers and other technical creatives can now apply for three challenges. Deutsche Windtechnik, TKI Wind op Zee and TKI Maritiem have formulated challenges they encounter. ​​​
May 01, 2019

Subsidy for test site on the North Sea

Companies, universities, SME entrepreneurs and start-ups can test and demonstrate innovations offshore in the The Hague area.
Apr 15, 2019

Offshore wind innovators kicks off with a new edition of the Innovation Challenge - Call for technical challenges

In May the second edition of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge will kick off. The goal of this challenge is to accelerate applied innovations in the offshore wind industry.
Apr 11, 2019

Opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs in INNOWWIDE

Are you an innovative SME entrepreneur and internationally active? Then INNOWWIDE might be something for you.
Apr 09, 2019

IHC IQIP takes next step in development Blue Piling technology

IHC IQIP has committed itself to the future of the Offshore Wind market and is taking the next important step in the development of BLUE Piling Technology.
Mar 30, 2019

Revolutionary plug-and-play foundation system for wind turbines

The Monobase Wind Foundation is a revolutionary foundation system for wind turbines. "Our system is plug and play."
Mar 30, 2019

SeaZip glimpses into autonomous shipping future

​Offshore service vessel Seazip 3 has performed the first-ever autonomous maneuvering trials in the Dutch North Sea as part of the Autonomous Shipping joint industry project.​​
Mar 19, 2019

Meewind in race zero-subsidy offshore windfarm to involve citizens

A newly established consortium of companies, called Frontier, wants to realize two new offshore wind farms together with 20,000 citizens.
Mar 18, 2019

Prior Group sets up offshore wind service in Vlissingen

Green Blue Offshore Terminal, an initiative of the Prior Group, is opening a new terminal in the port of Vlissingen, the Netherlands, to offer services to companies active in offshore wind.
Mar 05, 2019

8.5 million euros to enrich the North Sea

Natuur & Milieu and Stichting De Noordzee receive 8.5 million euros from the Droomfonds of the Dutch Postcode Lottery for their joint project ‘De Rijke Noordzee’.
Feb 11, 2019

Application of blockchain in the energy sector

The potential for the use of blockchain within the energy sector is in focus of the third video in the Horizons series, co-produced by DOB-Academy and Offshore WIND.
Jan 31, 2019

Gould Services to open new Vlissingen facility

Gould Services is establishing a new offshore support facility at the Port of Vlissingen.
Jan 21, 2019

ECN, KNMI and Wiffle release new Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas

The ECN part of TNO, KNMI and Offshore Wind Innovators member Whiffle, a Delft University of Technology spin-off, released the new Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas.
Dec 13, 2018

Fistuca winner Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018

Fistuca is the winner of both the jury and the public prize of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018.
Dec 03, 2018

With good design and a smart material Ridderflex won the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2018!

After three rounds, Dutch company Ridderflex is the winner of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2018! Ridderflex has made an innovative design to realize the Perfect Fender.
Dec 03, 2018

Nominations for the Offshore Wind Innovation Award announced

The jury of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018 announced the three finalists. Fistuca, Qlayers and TWD will compete for the award for the most appealing innovation in offshore wind.
Dec 03, 2018

Prestigious project for Mocean

The Dutch government approved the funding for a pilot wave energy project to be installed off the coast of the island Texel
Nov 29, 2018

Ridderflex wins Innovation Challenge 2018

Ridderflex wins Innovation Challenge 2018 of Offshore Wind Innovators
Nov 27, 2018

Free MARIN test time for maritime SMEs in 2018

Free MARIN test time for maritime SMEs again. In recent years MARIN offered maritime SMEs free tank time for testing innovative ideas. Because of its success, the fifth round will follow in 2018.