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GROW: lower costs offshore wind to 7 eurocent/kWh by 2030

Consortium of Dutch companies and research institutes invest 100 m euro in R&D offshore wind • 14 Jun 2016

During the  ‘Wind Days’ on the 15th and 16th of June in Rotterdam the GROW consortium will present a joint plan for research, development and demonstration in offshore wind to Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs. The mission of the GROW consortium is to bring the cost of offshore wind further down to seven eurocents per kWh by 2030. This will contribute to the Netherlands' goals for a renewable and independent energy supply. At this cost level, offshore wind will compete with other renewable and fossil energy sources – without having to be subsidized.

GROW is a consortium of leading companies and research institutes in the Netherlands and stands for 'Growth through Research, development & demonstration in Offshore Wind'. GROW will execute a joint technical innovation program to overcome the challenges in offshore wind. The founders are Delft Offshore Turbine, Deltares, ECN, Eneco, Lagerwey, LM Wind Power, Royal IHC, RWE, Seaway Heavy Lifting, Shell, Sif Group, TenneT, TNO, TU Delft, Van Oord, and Volker Stevin International. Over the next five years the GROW consortium will spend a 100 million Euros on research, development and demonstration projects and will introduce new innovations to the market. GROW will thus further strengthen the Dutch offshore wind sector, leading to significant growth in knowledge-intensive employment.

GROW is the successor of the FLOW research program (Far and Large Offshore Wind). Over the last five years FLOW brought the costs of offshore wind down by 20%, and supported several innovations in reaching the market. On June 15, the FLOW program's will be completed by the  presentation of a book with FLOW’s results to Minister Kamp.

GROW works closely together with the Top consortium for Knowledge and Innovation Offshore Wind (TKI Wind op Zee). The GROW consortium is currently in constructive dialogue with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Top sector Energy to explore options for government support and cooperation. GROW's first projects are expected to commence in the fall of 2016.

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