On Wednesday, October 9, The Netherlands' Long-Term Offshore Wind R&D Agenda will be presented at the Offshore Energy Exhibition in the RAI Amsterdam, from 10:00 – 11:00 hrs in the room Amtrium 1.
With the recent cost breakthroughs, offshore wind is now established as a crucial pillar of the Dutch energy transition. Developing an affordable, low-carbon energy system in the Netherlands necessitates a large-scale roll-out of offshore wind power capacity in the Dutch part of the North Sea – to potentially 35-75 GW by the year 2050. The Netherlands' Long-Term Offshore Wind R&D Agenda proposes the development of the knowledge and technologies on the lower technology readiness levels (TRLs), that are considered indispensable to such a large capacity of offshore wind power. The agenda spans the R&D period 2020-2030.
The content of the R&D agenda was delivered by researchers from the Dutch knowledge infrastructure. For defining such long-term R&D, out-of-the-box thinking is essential, therefore also scientific disciplines were involved that are not already directly related to the (offshore) wind industry. The R&D agenda also includes technological development necessary for integrating offshore wind into the energy system and the natural environment, e.g. power-to-hydrogen electrolysis for storage and transport, natural reefs for scour protection. Disciplines beyond science were also involved, such as ethics, regulation and economics.
TKI Wind op Zee initiated the development of this truly ambitious R&D agenda. The agenda provides input into future R&D programming, and it is related to the Integral Knowledge and Innovation Agenda (IKIA) of the Dutch Climate Agreement.
During the presentation at the Offshore Energy Exhibition, an overview of the R&D agenda will be given, as well as several deep-dives into selected R&D topics by their authors.