Offshore wind energy

A large part of the energy transition in the Netherlands is taking place in the North Sea. The large-scale development of offshore wind farms has far-reaching consequences for both nature and the spatial planning of activities at sea, and thus for all users of the North Sea. There are still many knowledge gaps about the ecological functioning of the North Sea for the government, the wind energy sector and the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Wageningen Marine Research offers scientific support and advice for policy choices, and our experts will work with you to explore the risks and opportunities of wind farms in the North Sea.

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According to scenarios of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, by 2050 wind farms could occupy as much as 26% of the Dutch North Sea. This is a major change for the North Sea, both ecologically and economically. Our datasets, monitoring and modelling research and demonstration projects are good tools for further policy development and to drive innovation.

I cannot imagine that other parties have as much data and knowledge on the subject of wind energy at sea, and the issues associated with it, as Wageningen Marine Research.
Paul Peters (Boskalis)

Wageningen Marine Research studies the (cumulative) effects of offshore wind farms on ecology and nature. We also study how to prevent, reduce or compensate for risks. In addition, we contribute to the knowledge needed to estimate economic risks for the fishing industry. Finally, together with partners, we are exploring the ecological and economic opportunities for food production and nature restoration in offshore wind farms.

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