Knowledge institutions

To enable roll out of offshore wind on a large scale, the TKI Wind op Zee supports technological and social R&D and innovation for the transition towards a CO2 free, clean, reliable and affordable energy system. Cost reduction, system integration and spatial / ecological integration play a key role in this transition. To this end we stimulate cooperation between businesses and knowledge institutes in R&D and innovation projects.


An overview of the knowledge institutes with whom we work together.

Delft University of Technology

Delft university of Technology

The research activities of Delft University of Technology cover the majority of the focus areas in the field of Wind energy onshore and offshore. TU Delft’s institute DUWIND encourages and facilitates interfaculty cooperation at the TU Delft. The focus of TU Delft is placed on long term, pioneering research in wind turbine technologies, offshore wind foundations & connections, smart materials, offshore installation, control systems, smart grids, socially responsible innovations, asset management and energy markets with PhD research at the heart of these activities. Since the initial developments of offshore wind, TU Delft has been involved as a partner in all Dutch R&D programs such asWE@Sea,FLOWand the current R&D&D program ofGROW. 

Several initiatives exist within TU Delft which conduct research in the field of wind energy in the broader context of future energy systems.E-refinery,Powerweb,Urban EnergyandTU Delft Robotics Instituteare examples of these initiatives. In addition, TU Delft has unique research facilities at its disposal such as wind tunnels, the steel & composites lab, the electrical sustainable power lab and facilities for research of fatigue, corrosion and erosion of blades and foundations (Materials Facilities overview). 

The TU Delft finds cooperation between researchers, students, large companies, SME’s and governmental organisations very important to have the results of its research impact significantly the industry and the society as a whole. 

Primary contact: Maxim Segeren



Deltares is a leading, independent, Dutch-based research institute and specialist consultancy for matters relating to water, soil and the subsurface. It conducts research and provides specialist advisory services for government authorities and the corporate sector in The Netherlands and globally. Its hydraulic, morphological geotechnical and ecological expertise in marine environments supports offshore wind in the design, construction, operation and monitoring of offshore wind farms and the interaction of offshore wind with the environment.

What can Deltares do regarding offshore wind?

In the field of offshore wind Deltares advises developers, designers and builders of offshore wind farms on topics related to metocean conditions, hydraulic loads on foundations and cables coming from (breaking) waves and currents,  scour (mitigation) and bed protection, morphodynamics and geology of the seabed, geotechnical foundation design, installation techniques of foundations, water-structure-soil-interaction, corrosion and internal water quality and water replenishment in foundations, cable route optimization, cable burial depth assessments and lifetime cable monitoring, nature-inclusive design of scour protections and foundations and interaction of offshore wind farms with their environment. Besides consultancy projects, Deltares is very active in applied research and initiating/contributing to Joint-Industry-Projects, preferably including the entire value chain, to jointly develop applied and validated knowledge in order to reduce cost, increase efficiency, safety and sustainability for offshore wind, while aiming for symbiosis with the other users of the sea and understanding the interaction of individual developments with the larger system.

Primary contact: Tim Raaijmakers

ECN part of TNO

ECN part of TNO

ECN part of TNO is an independent research organisation. The ambition of the ECN part of TNO is to accelerate the energy transition.

ECN part of TNO performs research and development to increase the implementation of offshore wind energy. Together with industry and companies innovations are developed to reduce cost of energy by improves turbine and farm design, optimised installation, and improved reliability. ECN part of TNO’s unique wind energy solutions range from designing hardware and software for turbines, for wind farms as well as optimising the installation and operation of wind farms. At its extensive testing infrastructure fast and reliable validation of technologies performed.

Primary contact: Peter Eecen



MARIN, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands, is an independent and innovative service provider for the maritime sector and a contributor to the well-being of society. Marin was founded in 1929 as the Netherlands Ship Model Basin (NSMB) by the Dutch Government and industry. As offshore technology experienced extensive growth, it became involved in offshore projects in 1960, and more recently it implemented a special Renewable ENergy Team (RENT), covering all aspects of offshore renewable energy systems. MARIN offers dedicated people, research, model test facilities, simulation tools and offshore measurements. Much of its offshore wind work is related to floating and fixed structures but it also contributes to the development of wind turbine installation vessels. Installation, removal, maintenance, survivability and vessel traffic safety are topics that link offshore wind to MARIN’s broad maritime expertise.

What can MARIN do regarding offshore wind?

  • Installation
  • Decommissioning
  • Maintenance
  • Fixed and flouting offshore wind
  • New foundations
  • Golf impact studies
  • Werkability studies

Primary contact: Erik-Jan de Ridder



NLR (Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre) is one of the Netherlands’ major technological institutions. It carries out applied research and develops new technologies for aviation and space travel, in support of industrial and governmental sectors, including offshore wind. NLR’s aerospace capabilities have a logical spin-off to wind energy such as applying safety methods, aerodynamic design, aeroacoustics, high tech materials and wind tunnel testing. NLR’s clients include governmental authorities, large and small industries, and aerospace organisations - both in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Primary contact: Martin Nagelsmit

Wageningen Marine Research

Wageningen Marine Research

With knowledge, independent scientific research and advice, Wageningen Marine Research substantially contributes to more sustainable and more careful management, use and protection of natural riches in marine, coastal and freshwater areas. Wageningen Marine Research translates essential ecological knowledge into applied and strategic scientific research within a number of expertise areas. Often research takes place in partnerships consisting of multiple research institutes with or without the university and regularly with external Dutch or international knowledge partners.

Primary contact: Jakob Asjes