New innovation centre METIP opens doors in Den Helder

On Thursday, 18 November, the Maritime Emerging Technologies Innovation Park (METIP) location was officially opened at Willemsoord, Den Helder. In this new innovation centre, companies, governments, start-ups and knowledge institutions work together on innovative applications in the maritime, marine and offshore industry.

The METIP innovation centre distinguishes itself by focusing on the concepts of ‘maritime, marine and offshore’, linked to issues in the field of technology. These include drones and other unmanned and automated systems, sensor technology, artificial intelligence and the development of virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) for games and training purposes.

The issues are raised by (networks of) companies and organisations that act as launching customers. The questions are linked by METIP to knowledge institutes, training institutes and tech companies. The organisations then form a ‘METIP open innovation project’. Students and young talent are involved in the implementation. The main objective is to create knowledge-driven activity and jobs for the region.

Opportunities in the field of energy transition

The large-scale development of offshore wind farms and other renewable energy sources, the existing offshore oil and gas production and the production of hydrogen and underground storage of CO2 require an integrated approach and integration of the various energy production systems. In particular, offshore logistics plays an important role in the safe and efficient operation of the offshore energy system. Emerging key’ technologies can play an important role here. Den Helder has been the offshore service, transport and logistics centre for energy extraction in the North Sea for decades. METIP reinforces this.

METIP’s first partners

The Royal Netherlands Navy’s Maritime Simulation Centre (SIMCENMAR) is one of the first partners. SIMCENMAR provides training with modern serious gaming applications, virtual and augmented reality, and simulation software. It is setting up its game development studio ‘XR-Campus’ in Section 51, the METIP location on Willemsoord Den Helder.

Other organisations, companies and start-ups that have already linked up with METIP are the drone companies Airhub, Deck180, Doosan Mobility Innovation and DroneQ Robotics, the start-up E-magine that is developing an extended reality education platform, BooomTag that applies near-field communication technology, and the Clusius College Schagen with its engineering and technology lab. The business clusters Digital Focus Group / Energy Reinvented Community and the Offshore Wind Innovation Centre have entered into cooperation.

Over the next three years, METIP aims to become a recognised knowledge and development centre, where people work together to develop, test and demonstrate innovative applications. Source: METIP

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