Costs offshore wind further down to 7 eurocent/kWh by 2030

Published: 15 June 2016

During the Winddays 2016 conference in Rotterdam, a consortium of leading Dutch companies and research institutes will present a joint plan for research, development and demonstration in offshore wind to the Minister 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.

GROW, or “Growth through Research, development & demonstration in Offshore Wind”, will contribute to the Netherlands’ goals for a renewable and independent energy supply. Over the next five years, GROW 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. The consortium will spend at least EUR 100 m on research, development and demonstration projects in the next 5 years.

Deltares consortium partner

GROW is a consortium of companies and research institutes in the Netherlands that 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.

Presentation of GROW consortium members

The mission of GROW is “twenty for seven”: The GROW consortium of around twenty organizations in the Dutch offshore wind sector will contribute to cost reductions to reach a cost of seven eurocents per kWh by 2030. At this cost level, offshore wind will compete with other renewable and fossil energy sources – without having to be subsidized.

Research brought the costs of offshore wind down by 20%

GROW is the successor of the FLOW, Far and Large Offshore Wind, research program. Over the last five years, the thirteen Dutch companies and research institutes of FLOW brought the costs of offshore wind down by 20%, and supported several innovations in reaching the market. On June 15, the program’s completion will be commemorated with a book presented to Minister Kamp, which includes a selection of FLOW’s results.

GROW will work closely together with the TKI Wind op Zee. The GROW consortium is currently holding constructive dialogues with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Topsector Energy to explore options for government support and cooperation. GROW’s first projects are expected to commence in the fall of 2016.