The GROW consortium will work to achieve two objectives:
As a long-term and dedicated Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) partnership, GROW's strength will lie in its ability to run focused, sequential and complementary RD&D activities. It can thus concentrate on those activities that are most valuable in supporting the consortium partners in reaching the consortium's objectives. It can also exploit synergies between projects and commercialize innovations faster and more efficiently. In so doing, GROW will accelerate innovation in offshore wind.
Eleven RD&D program lines will pursue the objectives of LCOE reduction, added value creation, and a stronger Dutch offshore wind sector. These program lines will cover the full value chain. Research will take place across the majority of technology readiness levels (TRL), from academic research in TRL 2 to testing and demonstration of large systems in TRL 8.
Offshore wind will be indispensable in the energy transition in the Netherlands and worldwide. In the short run, offshore wind will help realize CO2 emissions targets. In the long run, it will become an essential part of the energy system. But to do this, offshore wind must become cost-competitive, integrated into the energy system without the need for subsidies.
The Dutch offshore wind sector is ideally positioned to overcome the challenges of the offshore wind roll-out, and can deliver new technologies on a large scale.
GROW's RD&D program will build on this position to further strengthen Dutch leadership in offshore wind.
The founders of GROW are leading Dutch companies and research institutes in the offshore wind sector in the Netherlands. They cover the full value chain in offshore wind. The consortium will be expanded in due course with other partners that are willing to commit to the GROW program and approach, both strategically and financially.
Radio item, June 15, 2016
Listen to a short interview on BNR with GROW representative Maarten De Vries (Dutch).
Press release Utrecht, June 14, 2016
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