This acceleration trajectory reinforces the position of wind-at-sea and energy from water by implementing the programme sections ‘Facilitating roll-out of wind-at-sea,’ ‘Wind-at-sea test locations,’ ‘Providing access to offshore wind parks,’ and ‘Energy and water.’
Considering the favourable condition of the sea bottom, the relatively limited water depth of the North Sea, and the huge economic opportunities, offshore energy merits a prominent place in the Dutch energy landscape. Wind-at-sea is important in this. Making the energy supply sustainable goes hand in hand with economic reinforcement because the spin-off of wind-at-sea is exceptionally extensive. The presence of the Eemshaven, Den Helder, and Harlingen make the northern Netherlands especially suitable to contribute to realising the intended share of wind-at-sea of 4,450 MW in 2023.
Wind at sea
The short-term goal is to contribute to a better starting position for the Netherlands with respect to wind-at-sea, through:
• Innovation directed toward realisation of a higher return at ever lower costs. The goal is to achieve significant cost reductions together with (production) industry centres in the regions as soon as possible;
• Expansion of the harbours in the northern region to make them suitable for realisation and maintenance of offshore wind parks;
• Development of and contribution to demonstration parks (both onshore and offshore);
• Preparations for providing access to and installing a network at sea;
• Anticipating buffering and trading of ‘peaks’ in the wind energy supply by development of storage technology.