Industry news and event update
Creating a sustainable and non-destructive way to monitor marine biodiversity
Please meet Offshore Wind Innovators Challenge Finalist ILVO Flanders
Innovation for Nature
Please meet Offshore Wind Innovators Challenge Finalist REEFY
Design solutions for the marine environment
Please meet Offshore Wind Innovators Challenge Finalist REEFSYSTEMS
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.
Topsector Energie makes € 200,000 available to SMEs under the Innovation Brokers scheme (Innovatiemakelaars)
The time has come to announce the finalists and the details about the Finals of the Innovation Challenge!
Finalists of the Innovation Challenge: ILVO Flanders, Reefsystems and Reefy!
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.
Offshore Wind Innovation Award
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.
Next level wave intelligence for Floating Wind Farms (FOWF)
Start-up Tetrahedron has designed a crane that can lift wind turbine components up to 50 meters higher than conventional cranes
Revolutionary crane design keeps existing jack-up vessels in service
The C1 Wedge Connection is a high-capacity, low-maintenance connection that can be installed in a fast and safe manner.
C1 Connections successfully performs full-scale test with the C1 Wedge Connection
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.
Investor Day - Application open!
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!
Innovation Challenge - Update
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
Topsector Energy makes 100.000 € extra available for hiring an Innovation Broker
Ocean Grazer has developed a hydraulic battery to optimally match the supply and demand of electricity.
Hydroelectric station on seabed to store energy
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.
Autonomous Offshore Wind Guard Vessel Introduced
Digitally track and manage large components at quayside storage areas
Britisch innovation challenge to improve logistics at quayside
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.
R&D subsidy for innovative entrepreneurs opens on June 11
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.
Kick-off 4th Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge
the Financing Desk of the Top Sector Energy and New Energy Coalition are organizing a Masterclass Finance on 25 June.
Online Masterclass Finance for innovative energy entrepreneurs
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
Hydrogen turbine construction starts
The Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas (DOWA) provides accurate wind information at the North Sea for offshore wind energy use.
Lower uncertainties for North Sea offshore wind energy with accurate wind information
Brand new start-up nigeQ is ready to test an innovative blade tip that eliminates vortex at the end of turbine blades.
Smart blade tip design prevents vortex
Van Oord has installed a Slip Joint foundation at the Borssele Wind Farm Site V offshore the Netherlands.
Slip Joint Foundation makes debut
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).
Corona brigding loan for startup, scaleups and innovative SME's
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.
Sif Displays Slip Joint Hardware
Would you like to design a circular product or service together with other entrepreneurs active in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)?
Subsidy for Circular Chain Projects
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.
WindEurope: Europe Needs to Double Wind Installation
As from 1st of January 2020, the Community of Offshore Wind Innovators will become part of TKI Wind op Zee.
The Offshore Wind Innovators community is moving
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.
MO4 and Seaqualize winners Offshore Wind Innovation Award 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.
Marine Performance Systems wins Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019
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,
Special booth arrangement for SME’s at the Wind Expo Tokyo
On December 11 the entrepreneurs of MO4, Seaqualize and Amphibious Energy will present themselves for representatives of the wind industry.
Finalists of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award announced
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.
Free basin time for SME concept testing
On November 21, InnovatieLink successfully brought 6 innovative entrepreneurs in the energy sector in contact with 25 investors.
Inspiring meeting between energy entrepreneurs and investors during InvestorDay
Ampelmann has revealed a new access system that is said to be capable of transferring personnel and cargo of up to 5 tons.
Ampelmann ups offshore lifting game
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.
First annual Dutch Offshore Wind Market Update
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,
Finals Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge
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.
Masterclass Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 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.
Last chance to become the offshore wind innovator of 2019
23 entrepreneurs have registered for the InvestorDay that InnovationLink organizes for innovative energy companies.
Over 20 applicants for InvestorDay
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.
Deutsche Windtechnik to take care of trianel windpark Borkum II turbines
Are you the most innovative SME company in offshore wind of 2019? Don't hesitate and subscribe for the Offshore Wind Innovation Award.
Registration for Innovation Award open until 5 November
Register now for the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge and the InvestorDay. The deadlines for application are 17 and 15 October.
Last call to apply to the Innovation Challenge and InvestorDay!
Entrepreneurs in the energy sector who need a capital injection into their company can still register for the InvestorDay until 15 October
Only two weeks left to register for the InvestorDay
DOB-Academy has shared a video showing the removal of the Delft Offshore Turbine (DOT) as part of the Slip Joint Offshore Research project.
Slip Joint Turbine completes offshore tests
The Finance Masterclass on September 19, which is organized by InnovatieLink in collaboration with the Topsector Energie, is fully booked.
Masterclass Finance on September 19 fully booked
The Dutch Z-bridge B.V. has completed the fabrication and assembly of the steelwork for its Bring-to-Work (B2W) offshore access system.
Z-bridge completes steelwork for new offshore access system
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!
Final of the 2nd edition next week is postponed!
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.
Make an innovative contribution in offshore wind
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.
InvestorDay for innovative energy companies
Innovative companies in the energy sector who are looking for cooperation with a University or HBO can apply for NWO funding.
Funding for cooperation between SMEs and universities
Top Sector Energy has awarded Fieldlab Zephyros a project subsidy for the smart maintenance innovation project AIRTuB (Automatic Inspection and Repair of Turbine Blades).
Subsidy for Fieldlab Zephyros project AIRTuB
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) is inviting companies to express their interest in carrying out a wind resource assessment of the Hollandse Kust (west) wind farm zone.
RVO seeks Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Resource Assessors
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.
TenneT issues FEED study call for 2GW offshore platforms
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched an international competition focused on improving offshore wind resource models.
Carbon Trust Contest looks to improve wind resource models
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
InnovatieLink opens Financieringsloket for entrepreneurs in the energy sector
To get more insight in how and where to source financing for your innovation, InnovatieLink organises a Masterclass Finance on Spetember 2019
Masterclass Finance on September 19
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.
Applications for MIT R&D collaboration projects opened
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.
Three cross sectoral solutions for bolt challenges
Do you have a solution for corrosion of bolts or for measuring stress in bolts? Apply before 10 june.
Last call for Innovation Challenges
LiftWerx, in close co-operation with Kenz Figee and Eager.one, has developed the world’s most cost effective, versatile, and environmentally-friendly up-tower crane for the wind energy O&M industry.
LiftWerx launches GenHook Up-Tower crane system
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.
Apply for Offshore Wind Innovation Challenges!
Companies, universities, SME entrepreneurs and start-ups can test and demonstrate innovations offshore in the The Hague area.
Subsidy for test site on the North Sea
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.
Offshore wind innovators kicks off with a new edition of the Innovation Challenge - Call for technical challenges
Are you an innovative SME entrepreneur and internationally active? Then INNOWWIDE might be something for you.
Opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs in INNOWWIDE
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.
IHC IQIP takes next step in development Blue Piling technology
The Monobase Wind Foundation is a revolutionary foundation system for wind turbines. "Our system is plug and play."
Revolutionary plug-and-play foundation system for wind turbines
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.
SeaZip glimpses into autonomous shipping future
A newly established consortium of companies, called Frontier, wants to realize two new offshore wind farms together with 20,000 citizens.
Meewind in race zero-subsidy offshore windfarm to involve citizens
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.
Prior Group sets up offshore wind service in Vlissingen
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’.
8.5 million euros to enrich the North Sea
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.
Application of blockchain in the energy sector
Gould Services is establishing a new offshore support facility at the Port of Vlissingen.
Gould Services to open new Vlissingen facility
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.
ECN, KNMI and Wiffle release new Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas
Fistuca is the winner of both the jury and the public prize of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018.
Fistuca winner Offshore Wind Innovation Award 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.
With good design and a smart material Ridderflex won the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2018!
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.
Nominations for the Offshore Wind Innovation Award announced
The Dutch government approved the funding for a pilot wave energy project to be installed off the coast of the island Texel
Prestigious project for Mocean
Ridderflex wins Innovation Challenge 2018 of Offshore Wind Innovators
Ridderflex wins Innovation Challenge 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.
Free MARIN test time for maritime SMEs in 2018
Article about SME Circulair Energy and wants to improve the use of wind farms with their installation which can work like a super battery.
Clean power plant to balance the offshore wind farm grid
Ampyx Power and NLR have recently received a subsidy from the Top Sector Energy-TKI Wind on Sea for planning an aircraft that needs help to generate large wind energy.
Ampyx Power and NLR join forces for alternative wind energy
Jules Dock has won the iSea Match of the Concepts 2018.
Jules Dock wins iSea Match of the Concepts 2018 with C-tower
BMO Offshore has won a new framework contract with SSE to deploy vessel monitor measurement systems on the Beatrice offshore wind farm.
BMO Offshore Wins Beatrice Contract
Offshore Wind Innovators will organize the Offshore Wind Innovation Award again this year. In collaboration with Siemens and Van Oord, this prize will be awarded to the most innovative entrepreneur.
Innovation Award for most distinctive offshore wind entrepreneur
TWD introduces a monopile seafastening that accommodates all foundations, including those used today up to the 11m diameter in the foreseeable future without any changes to the support structure.
TWD introduces Hammock Seafastening for Monopiles
Application for the Innovation Award of the Offshore Wind Innovators community is now open for Dutch innovative entrepeneurs! Apply now!
Application open for the Innovation Awards 2018!
The Netherlands-based Eagle-Access BV is developing its first offshore access system prototype for the transfer of personnel and cargo.
Eagle-Access Readies Its First Access System Prototype
A summary of the Masterclass event of Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge which took place at Monday 24th of September
A successful launch of the Masterclass Innovation Challenge
During the construction of an offshore windfarm, cable costs account for only 10%. However, they also account for 40% of damage claims and even 85% of damage costs.
Article in Offshore Industry: Who Will Prevent Damage to Sea Cables?
Join us on Offshore Wind US Mission
The jury has reviewed all submitted nominations for the Offshore Energy Awards and has chosen for each category three nominees that obtained the highest number of points.
Nominees for Offshore Energy Awards 2018 Revealed
The Innovation Challenge: What’s in it for me?
The Innovation Challenge: Prices are announced!
Test successfully completed with innovative hammer for offshore wind farm
Test successfully completed with innovative hammer for offshore wind farm
Offshore Wind Accelerator Tender: Reducing emissions and fuel consumption in offshore wind vessels
Only a few days left for the Offshore Wind Accelerator Tender
New innovations are rapedly growing within the offshore wind sector, Financieel Dagblad (FD) wrote a Dutch interesting article about it's current developments.
Article in Dutch: The windmill is changing, just like construction of offshore windfarms
The MonoBaseWind has been developed as an efficient foundation system for 40+ m waterdepth and 10+ MW wind turbine.
Development of monobased foundation system
At Maasvlakte 2 in the Port of Rotterdam, Fistuca is currently testing the BLUE Piling technology for driving the foundation piles of offshore wind turbines into the seabed.
BLUE Hammer Strikes at Maasvlakte 2
Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 20 July 2018 – Financial close has been reached for two pilot wind turbines at the Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Farm. The project will test Mono Buckets.
Van Oord to install innovative suction bucket foundations at Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Farm
Renewable Energy Business, LM Wind Power announced the planned acquisition of the WMC test facilities in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands.
GE Renewable Energy acquires WMC wind turbine blade test center in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands
Borssele 1 & 2 O&M Facility Receives Final Nod