As a positive outcome of the position paper "Energy from Water", set up by DMEC and Energie uit Water (EWA), Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, Eric Wiebes, agreed on drafting a Roadmap to Marine Energy in 2020. In the position paper and communication campaign for the marine energy sector, DMEC and EWA elaborated on the importance and potential of marine energy for the Netherlands and what is needed politically to support this. The Roadmap to Marine Energy is an important step in the positioning of our sector on a national and international level.
Starting point for the Roadmap is the Dutch climate agreement. This means that the Roadmap primarily focuses on the potential of technologies for energy from water in the Netherlands up to 2030, with a view to 2050. This concerns both the cost-efficient contribution to the national CO2 reduction challenge and renewable electricity production, and the role these techniques play in the flexibility challenge of the energy system. Secondly, the Roadmap highlights the international export potential of energy from water technologies.
Under the lead of the committee of the Roadmap, research organisation TNO kicked off in Q1 2020 and started with research underlying the implementation of the Roadmap. DMEC coordinates input from the marine energy sector in the run-up to the adoption of the Roadmap and will communicate further developments with the sector.