TKI Wind op Zee Newsletter February 2019

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Dear all,

Last week our Matchmaking Day took place in Utrecht. Over 170 offshore wind professionals were present at this great networking opportunity. TKI Wind op Zee Participants (Deelnemers) presented results of innovation projects and plans for new projects. A keynote speech from Bert Stuij, from RVO and Energy Delta Institute, inspired us with the urgency to work on innovations to enable the energy transition. In the afternoon the matchmaking sessions on various topics resulted in some very interesting project ideas.

At the event,the TKI Wind op Zee and RVO presented the subsidy instruments available in 2019. In 2019 over 130 million euro will be available for all sorts of innovative projects.

Today the tender regulations have been officially published in the Staatscourant! If you want to know more, please read this newsletter or check our website!

If you missed our Matchmaking Day, you can the presentations view and an impression of the day here. If you are interested to find partners to work with on your innovations or have further questions about the TKI Wind op Zee innovation program, please contact us.

We are here to support you!

Best regards,

Bob Meijer


TKI Wind op Zee

Furthermore, I would like to inform you on:

  • Tenders 2019
  • German trade mission offshore wind 2019
  • PhD@Sea call aims at cross-disciplinary research proposals for offshore wind farms
  • Vietnam mission with PM Rutte (7 – 12 April, 2019)
  • Offshore Wind Energy in the Netherlands

Tenders 2019

Our program in 2019

In 2019 over 130 million euro will be available for all sorts of innovative projects. The TKI Wind op Zee Program supports several topics within the program lines

  1. Cost reduction and optimisation,
  2. Integration in the energy system
  3. Offshore wind and its environment

Our program is described in more detail in our program document. You can find it here.

Today important information about subsidy on innovation tenders was published in the Government Gazette (Staatscourant). In 2019 the Topsector Energie and the TKI Wind op Zee once again offer, together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), a range of subsidies to support your offshore wind R&D and innovative projects.

The most important ones for the offshore wind sector are:

In addition, information on other subsidy instruments, e.g. related to NWO and MIT can be found on our website.

SME entrepreneurs can contact Martin Weissmann of Offshore Wind Innovators. Offshore Wind Innovators supports SME companies in development of innovations and financing.

For questions about the R&D program, setting up an R&D consortium, organising your R&D project and the possibilities of receiving a subsidy for your R&D research, you can contact the TKI Wind op Zee via mail.

For the official information and tender regulations, please go to the RVO website (in Dutch). On the website, you can also submit questions about the subsidy tenders.

(Please note that in case of conflict, the official subsidy tender information from RVO website is leading)

German trade mission offshore wind 2019

A Dutch offshore wind delegation will visit Germany on the 5th and 6th of March in 2019.

Do you want to do business in Germany, expand existing contacts or start innovation cooperation? Then join the economic mission to Bremen and Bremerhaven from 5 to 6 March with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag.

This economic delegation runs parallel to the working visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima to Bremen and Bremerhaven. The King and Queen are present at a number of program components of the economic delegation, on Wednesday, 6th.

Find out more in English

Find out more in Dutch


TKI Wind op Zee

PhD@Sea call aims at cross-disciplinary research proposals for offshore wind farms

On February 13, NWO opened the call for PhD@Sea proposals. The program focuses on cross-disciplinary research projects that can help realise the planning, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Research is required across a range of disciplines, including science, technology, ecology, humanities and the social sciences, that will deliver synergies provided it is well integrated and aligned.

The maximum budget to be applied for is EUR 1,5 million and each application should bring at least 30% co-funding. The research budget is primarily aimed at financing new PhD-students.

With the ambition of the Dutch government to build up to 75 GW of wind-power capacity by 2050, we will be seeing a substantial number of wind farms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Several other European countries have similarly ambitious plans. This implies significant challenges with regard to managing the available space, enhancing marine habitat biodiversity, interacting with other users of the North Sea, protecting the marine environment, maintaining the assets and feeding the large supply of offshore wind energy into the European electricity grid.

Find out more

Vietnam mission with PM Rutte

7 - 12 April 2019

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will organize a dedicated mission to Vietnam, including a program for Wind Energy (Offshore, Onshore and Nearshore). To learn more about this mission and the program, please visit the RVO website.

Deadline for registration: Monday February 25th.


TKI Wind op Zee

Offshore Wind Energy in the Netherlands

Publication tender documentation Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Sites III & IV

Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Sites III & IV (HKZWFS III & IV) can be developed for a combined total of approximately 700 MW offshore wind energy. The tender procedure will open March 1st, 2019 and close on March 14th, 2019, 17:00 hours CET. For this tender, market parties are invited to submit an application for the realisation of the wind farm without subsidies. In the event this fails to yield an acceptable bid, a tender procedure including subsidies will be initiated. An update of Appendix A is available here.

The final application forms and exploitation models for HKZWFS III & IV have been published on February 5th, 2019 at

The 12 miles zone of the Dutch territories

Approximately 70% of both HKZWFS III & IV are located within the 12 miles zone of the Dutch territories. A correction of these area percentages and the corresponding fees was made on January 23rd, 2019. A seabed lease has to be established between the wind farm operator and the Central Government Real Estate Agency. In addition to the seabed lease for the wind turbines, a rental agreement for the infield cabling between the wind turbines and the TenneT platform has to be signed.

 Questions and Answers

The opportunity to submit questions, via e-mail, regarding the tender and site studies ends on Friday, February 22nd, 2019, 17:00 hrs CET. These questions and answers will be published anonymously, as soon as possible.

Questions regarding the tender and agreements for HKZWFS III & IV have been answered. The last updated version can be found here. The original Dutch version of both Q&A’s can be found here.

 Wind Farm Site Decisions

The Wind Farm Site Decisions for HKZWFS III & IV are final but not yet irrevocable. The Council of State has received appeals. A hearing from the Council of State is planned on February 15th, 2019.

Hollandse Kust (noord) Wind Farm Site (V)

Recently the following data has been published:

Raw wind and wave data from the Metocean campaign

Hollandse Kust (west)

The report of the following study has been published:

Report - Archaeological Desk Study HKW - Periplus Archeomare

For your information

  • The first edition of the Netherlands Maritime Technology Magazine 2019 has been published. Find out more
  • The CAREER GUIDE of Navingo has been renewed: Find out more


  • 5th Annual Offshore Power Cable Engineering and Reliability Forum: 27 - 28 February 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Find out more
  • Wind O&M (including Energy Storage): 27 - 28 February 2019, Munich, Germany. Find out more
  • Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT) 2019: 24 - 26 April 2019, Montpellier, France. Find out more.
  • Windforce 2019 Conference: 21 May 2019, Bremerhaven, Germany. Find out more
  • Global Entrepreneurship Summit: 4 - 5 June 2019, The Hague, The Netherlands. Find out more
  • WindDays 2019: 12 - 13 June 2019. Find out more

Please take a look at more wind energy events here.

Sources of photo's: RVO and TKI Wind op Zee.