Innovations

New Dutch app enables EV charging during solar and wind peak hours

Amsterdam-based Dutch start up Laadje has built an app that ensures electric cars charge automatically when there is a peak in availability of wind and solar energy. With the solution, which is currently only available for Teslas, CEO Otto Barten expects that the power price can drop from about 21 cents / kWh to 17…

GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype reaches next step in certification process

GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype which is currently operating at the Sif premises in Rotterdam Maasvlakte 2, has received a provisional type certificate from international certification DNV GL. The certification, IECRE Provisional RNA Component Certificate, demonstrates GE’s Haliade-X prototype has the highest safety and quality standards. It brings the currently largest offshore wind…

IHC and MARIN reach milestone in autonomous SOV project

Royal IHC and MARIN reached a milestone last week when they successfully completed the last phase of model testing in their autonomous service operation vessel (SOV) project. Royal IHC (IHC) and MARIN are working together on developing an autonomous SOV which should lead to improved (time) efficiency. IHC has developed technology that will allow one…

Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2020 kicks off

Offshore Wind Innovators, in close cooperation with TKI Wind op Zee and ECHT, announced the kick-off for the 4th Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge. Submission runs untill 1 September 2020. The final of the challenge will take place in January 2021. The annual Challenge provides innovative Dutch SME’s and start-ups the possibility to present their concept or…

HYGRO starts construction on hydrogen turbine

HYGRO, a Dutch specialist in hydrogen production from wind turbines, has made a start on the construction of a hydrogen turbine on the ECN Wind Turbine test field Wieringermeer. The project is part of ‘Duwaal’, a green hydrogen initiative aimed at developing the green hydrogen distribution regionally. A hydrogen turbine is a wind turbine to which electrolysis…

Shell and Eneco join forces for Hollandse Kust (noord)

Eneco and Shell Nederland announced they have jointly, via the joint venture CrossWind, submitted a bid for the Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm zone. When successful, they will use the energy production for Shell’s possible future green hydrogen production on the Tweede Maasvlakte in Rotterdam.  The tender for the wind farm zone which allows for the…

Van Oord installs submerged Slip Joint at Borssele V

Van Oord installed the Slip Joint foundation in the 19 MW Borssele V offshore wind site last week, using its installation vessel Aeolus. It is one of several innovations that are applied at the innovation site which is part of the Borssele wind farm zone. It was the first time a submerged Slip Joint was…

Huisman and Jan De Nul work together on safer offshore installations

Huisman and Jan De Nul Group have jointly developed a tool that will make offshore lifting and installation more workable and safe. The new tool, the Universal Quick Connector (UQC), will be used on board Jan De Nul’s offshore installation vessels Les Alizés and Voltaire. Jan De Nul awarded Huisman the contract for the engineering, construction and…

Application rounds MOOI subsidy scheme extended

The opening rounds for the MOOI (Mission-driven Research, Development and Innovation) subsidy scheme have been extended with four weeks. This was announced by the RVO. The decision follows consultation by the ministeries of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, RVO and Topsector Energie and is a response to the current…

Conbit winner Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition

Mammoet’s Conbit operation is one of the eight winners in the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition, run by the Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (Floating Wind JIP). The competition was designed to address four key industry challenge areas, that need to be overcome to commercialise floating wind. The four areas were identified in…