7 December 2021:

Dutch Government supports joint research infrastructure for offshore renewable energy

Kicking-off 7 December 2021, nine Dutch research institutes and test facilities join forces to accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy (ORE) research. Backed by the Dutch Government, the NL-MARINERG-i consortium will provide significant support to European targets for ORE and key priorities such as the Green Deal.

The support for the consortium by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) emphasises the important role of ORE research in reaching Europe’s net-zero targets. The NL-MARINERG-i is part of the European MARINERG-i consortium, which has been selected as one of the eleven key priorities of the European research roadmap ESFRI 2021.

Under the lead of Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) the consortium consists of: Deltares, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), HZ University of Applied Sciences, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), TNO, Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), DNW German-Dutch Wind Tunnels, TU Delft and Wageningen University & Research. The team are now embarking on a preparatory phase, establishing the legal, governance, scientific and business components required to implement the MARINERG-i Research Infrastructure.

Together, the consortium partners provide the full range of facilities for research, development and deployment of ORE. From proof of concept to full-scale deployment for production in an open sea test site connected to the grid.

Zsuzsi Faragó, Policy Officer Energy Innovation - Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK): “Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) is essential for a successful energy transition in the Netherlands and abroad. In particular offshore wind, which already plays a major role in the Dutch transition to a zero-carbon energy supply and thus has our focus and priority when it comes to the MARINERG-i Distribute Research Infrastructure. Within this capacity, our ministry recognises the need for a dedicated Research Infrastructure in ORE to accelerate the research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies by providing access to state of the art test facilities and expertise across Europe.”

Ewa Spiesz, Business & Innovation Advisor - Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC): “The potential of offshore renewable energy is large, but significant research and development challenges remain if this potential is to be fully realised. The MARINERG-i consortium, including its Dutch part the NL-MARINERG-i, comprises a large network of marine energy testing facilities across Europe joining forces as a distributed research infrastructure. The ambition is to deliver impactful and internationally recognized research and development that supports accelerating offshore energy into a considerable component of the European energy system.”

About ESFRI Roadmap 2021

The ESFRI (the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) European Roadmap for research infrastructures contains the best European science facilities for the next 10-20 years, based on a thorough evaluation and selection procedure. The ESFRI Roadmap 2021 will be officially launched 7 December 2021.

More information about the ESFRI Roadmap

More information about the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 launch event 7 December 2021


Dutch consortium NL-MARINERG-i is part of the European MARINERG-i consortium, led by the MaREI Centre at University College Cork. Key focus of MARINERG-i is to accelerate the research, development and deployment of wave, tidal, offshore wind and combined Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) technologies.

For more information

For more information please find the overview of the project here, or contact Ewa Spiez, Business & Innovation Advisor DMEC, via ewa@dutchmarineenergy.com.