Hydrogen, as an energy carrier, is a key element in achieving the decarbonisation targets for 2050. To ensure energy security, it is necessary and likely that a large portion of the hydrogen demand will be produced within Europe. This production can occur onshore and offshore.
Offshore production benefits from its proximity to renewable energy generation assets, avoiding the need for costly transmission facilities, sharing existing and new pipeline infrastructure, and having ample space for constructing hydrogen production plants.
However, it also introduces new challenges such as the marinisation of electrolyser systems, desalination for producing purified fresh water, and associated maintenance. Several initiatives are underway to explore offshore hydrogen production possibilities.
The focus of this call is to promote offshore hydrogen production and support companies and research institutes in developing innovative solutions for it. We are seeking proposals that enhance the feasibility, viability, and desirability of offshore hydrogen production, including subjects such as ecology. If the consortium includes an SME, you will receive additional evaluation points.
Some examples of research topics and innovation projects include, but are not limited to:
- Innovations for optimising seawater purification
- Innovations for direct hydrogen production from seawater
- Baseload solutions to support off-grid hydrogen production
- Innovations enabling off-grid offshore hydrogen production without baseload
- Methods and technologies to improve decentralised hydrogen production efficiency
- Innovations that reuse waste streams, such as oxygen and heat, from offshore hydrogen production
- Optimisations to improve operation and maintenance for offshore hydrogen production facilities
- Innovations for optimising the transport of hydrogen from offshore production facilities to shore
Possible research topics are not limited to this list. If you are unsure whether your topic is relevant for this Open Innovation Call? Please contact us via PPSemail@example.com.
- A total available subsidy budget of €400,000
- Maximum subsidy of €100,000 per project
- Maximum contribution in the subsidy for the following costs:
- Up to 80% for fundamental research and non-economic activities
- Up to 50% for industrial research
- Up to 25% for experimental research
- Are you looking for a suitable project partner? Please contact us via PPSfirstname.lastname@example.org, and we will assist you in finding a relevant knowledge institute, corporate, or startup in our network.
- The research topic aligns with the TKI Offshore Energy program (MMIP 1) and contributes to the Dutch knowledge economy and knowledge position
- The research topic aligns with the theme of this Open Innovation Call
- If you would like to have your research topic evaluated to ensure the topics relevancy, please contact us via PPSemail@example.com
- The project fits within the PPP-subsidy regulation
- The full PPP-scheme by RVO takes precedence
- The coordinator/main applicant is based in the Netherlands
- Within the consortium, only organisations with a Dutch office can receive subsidy for their activities
- The consortium consists of at least one private entity and at least one knowledge institute
- If you have a relevant research topic but haven't found a suitable research partner yet? Please contact us via PPSfirstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you find the right consortium partner
- Including a Dutch SME in your project will earn extra points during evaluation by our external advisory committee
- The consortium ensures effective collaboration, with a jointly formulated research idea, shared costs, and in-kind contributions from all partners, as well as shared risks and outcomes
- The project encompasses or combines fundamental, industrial, or experimental research
- Feasibility studies are not covered by the PPP-regulation
- The project applications differ from existing technologies on the market
This is how you can apply for TKI Offshore Energy’s Open Innovation Call:
Step 1: In order to registrate, please send an email to PPSemail@example.com, no later than December 22, 2023, providing a brief paragraph about who you are and your project plan. TKI Offshore Energy may contact you for further clarification, so please include your contact details.
Step 2: We will send you templates for the application. A complete application includes a project plan, a budget, and a (concept) cooperation agreement. The cooperation agreement does not have to be complete or signed at the time of your application. However, it does need to be complete and signed by all consortium parties before the subsidy can be granted.
Step 3: Submit all documents to PPSfirstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2024 at 17:00/5PM.
Step 4: Our external review commission will assess the proposals, rank them, and select the winners. We will notify you before March 15, 2024 with the decisions.