In 1961, a goal that many considered impossible was set, but two years ahead of the set deadline, Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon and the Apollo Programme goal was met. It has been said many times, the energy transition in the Netherlands and Europe faces a similar goal. In the next seven years, the Netherlands will have increased its North Sea wind power generation capacity almost tenfold; from 2.5 gigawatts to 21 gigawatts. A new wind turbine must be installed every two days. By 2050, the capacity will even be 28 times more, 70 Gigawatts.
The realisation of renewable energy sources is not the only task of the energy transition. The task also lies in the social and economic turnaround that needs to be made. Such a turnaround is unprecedented. The real task for a successful energy transition is that industry, our transport and our society must switch to other energy sources.
Three reasons were crucial to the success of the Apollo Programme. Reliable rockets, in this case, hardware. Extremely well thought-out and executed missions and superbly trained and experienced people.
With the transition in the North Sea, we face a similar task. The plans must be extremely well thought out and executed. Without reliable hardware that can meet the high demands of a very unfriendly environment (water, salt, wind), the mission for 21 gigawatts and 70 gigawatts will not succeed. And, last but not least, enough people with high-quality knowledge and skills are needed.
A new standard
Real success will be determined by how renewable energy is approached in the market. TKI Offshore Energy's vision is for renewable energy to be the norm by 2030. Although the share of fossil fuels will still be substantial, they are no longer the standard. The pressure from society, environmental services and various governments on industry and transport to become more sustainable grows strongly by the end of 2022. The war in Ukraine has reinforced this.
To achieve this normalisation towards renewable energy, TKI Offshore Energy is committed to a level playing field in the energy market. Cooperation within the Energy Top Sector is essential for this, as this is where we can align market, supply and carriers of energy in terms of innovations and knowledge.
Our mission statement
Our mission is our grip on how we contribute to the realisation of the energy transition.
The TKI Offshore Energy stimulates the development of (offshore) innovations and knowledge through research, development and demonstration in order to grow offshore energy from the current 2,500 megawatts to 21 gigawatts in 2030 and 70 gigawatts in 2050. In doing so, sustainable offshore energy makes a major contribution to the energy transition.
Our vision is our spot on the horizon.
The route to a sustainable energy supply on and from the sea is our guide and still full of obstacles and issues. TKI Offshore Energy is a reliable navigator, charting the route to a sustainable energy supply on and from the sea, that has a positive impact on our society, nature, and our economy. TKI Offshore Energy ensures the availability of the required knowledge, stimulates the required innovations and for that purpose establishes connections that contribute to this goal.
This is a vision that currently contains the necessary contradictions. But without contradictions, there is no innovation.
Over the next seven years, this vision has three major issues to address.
- How do we realise the scale jump from 2.5 gigawatts of sustainably generated energy to 21 gigawatts without loss of quality and affordability?
- How do we realise the scale jump with a positive impact on nature? On the North Sea and in the production chain of renewable energy resources.
- How do we realise and guarantee a balanced and robust sustainable energy supply from the North Sea?
For these three guiding questions, people (quantity and quality) and security (personal, physical and cyber) are themes that constantly recur at all scales.
These questions and themes cannot be separated. We approach energy transition in the North Sea integrally.
How we will fulfil our role and what topics we focus our attention on can be read in the document MMIP TKI Offshore Energy 2023.