Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC) in Eemshaven has received a € 1.3 million subsidy from the Northern Netherlands Alliance and the province of Groningen. The largest part of the amount comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is supplemented by a subsidy from the province.
On 27 May, Deputy Nienke Homan handed over the check symbolically by drone at the Nijlicht collective building in Eemshaven. The OWIC is an information, training and innovation centre in the Eemshaven that started on October 22, 2020. 19 parties, including the business community, knowledge institutions and governmental bodies, have united in OWIC. The aim of the center is to facilitate and stimulate the development of business and innovations in the field of offshore wind energy.
There are plans for several offshore wind farms, including off the Wadden coast. There are great economic opportunities here for (new) business, knowledge sharing and innovations. The innovation center contributes to this. The focus is on service and maintenance of the wind farms.
OWIC also wants to be the one stop shop where people can go for information and to establish relevant contacts with others, but also to set up facilities for training and education in the field of offshore wind energy.
OWIC has already started a number of projects. In addition to Droneport Eemshaven, which mainly focuses on inspections of wind turbines, OWIC is already involved in two other innovative initiatives: Cable Center Eemshaven, an alliance of companies involved in the storage, flushing and transport of cables, and Ocean Grazer, a start-up company that is working on a test field for energy storage in the Eemshaven. Source: Provinciegroningen.nl