Growth through Research, development & demonstration in Offshore Wind

GROW partners

The founders of GROW are leading Dutch companies and research institutes in the offshore wind sector

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 may be expanded in due course with other partners that are willing to commit to the GROW program and approach, both strategically and financially.

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Ampelmann designs and delivers innovative, safe, reliable and efficient access solutions to the offshore energy industries worldwide. Every day, Ampelmann is active all over the world, ensuring that offshore workers can walk to work safely.

The company maintains a fleet of 55 operational systems used for transferring personnel and cargo from vessels to fixed or floating offshore structures. Its solutions are tailored to the needs of different market segments, sea states, crew and cargo loads, and are used by the key players in the global industry.

With a track record of millions of safe people transfers, thousands of tons of cargo transfers, and 220 projects worldwide, Ampelmann operates in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East

Ampelmann Website


Boskalis is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors.

The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world with services including the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection.

In addition, Boskalis offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the oil and gas sector and offshore wind industry as well as towage and salvage solutions. With 11,700 employees (incl. associated companies) and a versatile fleet of more than 900 vessels Boskalis operates in around 90 countries across six continents.

Boskalis Website


Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface.

Throughout the world, they work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. They focus on deltas, coastal regions, river basins and offshore area. Managing these often densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why they work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad.

For Deltares the quality of our expertise and advice is foremost. Knowledge is their core business. Deltares employs over 800 people and is based in Delft and Utrecht.

Deltares Website


The cost reduction challenge in offshore wind has many facets. DNV GL believes success depends on understanding the risks and the dependencies between different parts of the entire value chain.

That’s why they always take a full lifecycle approach to provide the best-informed business decisions for developers, owners & operators and investors & lenders. They provide techno-economic services focused on improving our customers’ business performance at every step of the asset and/or project lifecycle.

DNV GL Website


DOT BV was initiated as a special purpose company with the aim of further developing and marketing a dedicated offshore wind turbine for offshore wind farms and other applications.

The main development is the hydraulic drive train but DOT has a strong belief in integrated offshore wind development. The company is therefore not singularly focused on the drive train but includes innovations in foundation design, installations techniques, connection types, corrosion protection and accessibility as well.


Eneco Group is a group of companies operating in the field of sustainable energy and innovation. Together with their customers, partners and their 3,500 employees they strive to achieve their mission: ‘Everyone’s sustainable energy’.

Eneco Group invests in wind and solar farms, biomass plants and green district heating with the aim to increase the share of sustainable energy. Furthermore, they develop innovative products and services that enable their customers to be in charge of how they generate, store, use or share energy.

Eneco Group is headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and operates in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Germany and France.

Eneco Website


Royal IHC enables its customers to execute complex projects from sea level to ocean floor in the most challenging of maritime environments. They are a reliable supplier of innovative and efficient equipment, vessels and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets.

With a history steeped in Dutch shipbuilding since the mid-17th Century, they have in-depth knowledge and expertise of engineering and manufacturing high-performance integrated vessels and equipment, and providing sustainable services. With their commitment to technological innovation they strive to continuously meet the specific needs of each customer in a rapidly evolving world.

IHC Website


innogy SE is Germany’s leading energy company, with revenue of around €44 billion (2016), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world.

Its activities focus on its 23 million customers, and on offering them innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life.

With an installed capacity of more than 900 megawatts in offshore wind and with over 1900 megawatts in onshore wind, innogy is one of the major operators in Europe. The innogy Innovation Hub is working on future-oriented technologies for the energy world of tomorrow.

Innogy Website

LM Wind Power

LM Wind Power is a world leading designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, with a global manufacturing footprint that includes blade factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United States.

The company has produced more than 195,000 blades since 1978, corresponding to more than 84 GW installed capacity and global savings of more than 166 million tons of CO2 annually. LM Wind Power has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2018 and is on a continuous quest to drive better business performance through sustainability initiatives.

LM Wind Power is a GE Renewable Energy Business.

LM Wind Power Website


The sea, a challenge to man and machine. As an independent research facility, MARIN conducts research for the maritime industry and for governments. They help to find innovative solutions from design through to operation and so serve to bridge the gap between academic research and market demand.

Their aim: the development of cleaner, safer and smarter ships and sustainable use of the sea. In this they work together with an extensive innovation and research network of customers and partners, using the latest calculation and test facilities, full-scale measurement and simulators.

MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) is based in Wageningen, with 370 staff working daily in advanced hydrodynamics and nautical expertise. MARIN was founded in 1932.

MARIN Website

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Seaway Heavy Lifting is a leading offshore contractor in the global Renewables and Oil & Gas industry, offering tailored T&I and EPCI solutions. They own and operate crane vessels Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov, which have a revolving lift capacity of 2,500mt and 5,000mt espectively. Both vessels are state of the art and certified to the highest standards.

By utilizing their highly skilled and motivated workforce, quality assets and continuous focus on new technologies they provide their clients with safe, effective and added value solutions.

(T&I: Transport & Installation, EPCI: Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation)

Seaway Heavy Lifting Website


For more than 100 years Royal SMIT Transformers, a member of the SGB-SMIT Group, has been designing and manufacturing power transformers for its global customer base. The SGB-SMIT Group unites manufacturers with a youthful spirit and a constant drive towards reliability and innovation.

As a result, well proven technology goes hand-in-hand with innovation, resulting in reliable solutions for the transmission and distribution of both conventional and renewable energy sources. The SGB-SMIT Group has already wide experience in connecting solar and wind energy, and joining GROW is an extension of this existing knowledge.

SGB-SMIT Website


Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with an average of 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries. They use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future.

Shell’s New Energies business builds on their experience in lower-carbon technology and explores new commercial models focused on the world’s energy transition. Energy systems are changing. This is happening at varying rates and with different degrees of complexity around the world. Such a transition is driven by growing energy demand and an urgent need to curb CO2 emissions.

Shell is working to understand these shifting energy landscapes, to seize the right business opportunities and to explore, as well as lay foundations for, a range of new energy models. Their New Energies business will build on our experience in lower-carbon technologies, with the aim of providing more and cleaner energy solutions.

Shell Website


Sif Group is leading in offshore foundations for wind turbines and oil & gas platforms. By continuous investments in production equipment and in enlarging their production capacity, Sif is able to produce 4-5 XL monopiles per week up to 11 meters in diameter for 10-12 MW turbines. This enables Sif to support customers in the common goal to lower the cost of energy.

Their agile approach and devotion to high-quality and on-time delivery makes them a long-standing partner of choice to our customers.

Sif Offshore foundations. Shaping tomorrow. Performing today.

SIF Website


TenneT is a leading European electricity transmission system operator (TSO) with its main activities in the Netherlands and Germany.

With 22,500 kilometres of high-voltage connections they ensure a secure supply of electricity to 41 million end-users. They employ approximately 3,000 people, have a turnover of EUR 3.2 billion and an asset value totalling EUR 20.3 billion.

TenneT is one of Europe’s major investors in national and cross-border grid connections on land and at sea, bringing together the Northwest European energy markets and enabling the energy transition.

Tennet Website


Wind energy is the sustainable energy source on which the future energy system will largely be based. Offshore wind energy will therefore grow enormously in the coming years. TNO supports the government, the industry and the energy sector with advice, scientific research and development of innovations that accelerate the energy transition.

As a pioneer and technical authority in the field of renewable energy sources and with 40 years of experience in wind energy, TNO is a world leader in scientific and technical applications. At TNO, in-depth knowledge of the whole wind power plant system is combined with full-scale test facilities and accredited measurement experts. Its research and innovative solutions are applied in the industry. TNO supports companies at the design, implementation and operations levels from a broad and deep knowledge of the total wind power plant resource and system.

Over 3,200 TNO professionals work every day in collaboration with partners to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way.

TNO Website

TU Delft

Founded in 1842, Delft University of Technology has been providing technical education for 175 years. A modern university of science and technology, its eight faculties are at the forefront of technological developments contributing to scientific advancement in the interests of world society.

TU Delft has extensive on-campus research facilities, ranging from wind tunnels, chip facilities and a high-voltage lab to serious gaming and product evaluation facilities. These facilities are also available for corporate research. Cooperation is central to successful innovation. To transform technological innovation into practical added-value applications for society, TU Delft cooperates with business, government and civic organizations.

TU Delft Website

Van Oord

Family business Van Oord operates around the world as a leading contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore and energy projects (oil, gas and wind energy sectors) and provides innovative solutions for marine engineering challenges.

Van Oord is an independent public limited company based in the Netherlands. Their employees are committed, entrepreneurial professionals who are passionate about water and technology.

They understand that cooperation is crucial to achieving the best possible result. By being open and honest, they build on mutual trust and respect.

Van Oord offers marine solutions of value, both now and in the future. Safety, sustainability and continuity go hand in hand in this respect.

Van Oord Website