Energy Innovation NL MOOI subsidies stimulate spearheads innovation program sustainable electricity at sea

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MOOI-subsidies are great for energy transition at sea

The € 20.4 million allocated by The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NEA) in MOOI subsidies for electricity support the spearheads for the energy transition in the North Sea. With solar at sea, the projects that have been allocated the funds focus on expanding the possibilities for generating energy, on hydrogen production with offshore wind energy and on allowing sustainable energy generation and nature to go hand-in-hand. “These projects can make an important contribution to the objectives of the innovation program and thus to a successful energy transition,” says Bob Meijer, director of TKI Wind op Zee.
 
When announcing the results of the Energy Innovation NL MOOI subsidies, the NEA rightly speaks of good examples for the offshore energy transition. The subsidies go to projects to develop techniques that monitor the foundations and cables of wind farms and marine life, to get started with the production of hydrogen from the electricity generated by wind turbines at sea and for a project that makes solar parks at sea suitable. wants to make for high waves in the North Sea. This project also aims to generate electricity to produce hydrogen. “This allows us to expand the generation of wind energy in the North Sea ecologically and sustainably,” says Ruud Oerlemans, senior advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency about the subsidies awarded.
 
Hydrogen essential element in energy mix
Offshore wind energy and hydrogen production at sea will play an important role in our energy mix. Offshore wind farms will generate the majority of renewable energy, and the production of hydrogen will, among other things, help to better balance the energy system. This still requires a lot of research and innovation. The TKI Wind op Zee recently launched the HEROW knowledge platform, supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, to strengthen knowledge exchange and innovation for offshore hydrogen.
 
Sun at sea has great potential
Floating solar panels can enormously increase the capacity of the North Sea as a sustainable energy source. This also requires a lot of research and innovation. Earlier this year, TKI Wind op Zee published a report on the potential of solar at sea and the barriers that still need to be overcome. Two important conclusions from this were that solar at sea could provide up to 45 gigawatts of capacity and could therefore form an important addition.
 
Sustainable energy generation goes hand in hand with nature
The commitment to the proper integration of sustainable energy generation in the North Sea, our largest nature reserve, is a key issue. The tender for Hollandse Kust West already stimulated improvements for that ecological integration. The subject is gaining momentum, which was also apparent during our webinar. The quadrupling of the number of wind turbines in the North Sea in the next seven years must go hand in hand with care for nature. The ambition is even to ensure that sustainable energy generation in the North Sea has a positive impact on nature by 2050. We have to pull out all the stops for this.