We make a difference by boosting green energy solutions

The transition to green energy is key to keeping global warming in check and securing energy independence in Europe. And time is of the essence. To meet the European 2030 climate targets and prevent energy poverty, the shift needs to happen fast.  

The North Sea Region is uniquely placed to accelerate the transition. All seven North Sea Region countries appear in the top 20 of the Global Energy Transition Index 2021, with Denmark, Sweden and Norway topping the list. In addition, the North Sea itself holds a vast potential for expanding wind and ocean energy production.

Building on this regional strength, our projects are driving the transition forward at speed and scale.  

Project highlights

Browse through the slideshow to discover key project achievements: 

 

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2IMPREZS: Engaging youth in reducing schools' emissions

In 2IMPREZS, school kids take leadership in reducing emissions in their schools. In addition to saving energy, they also advocate renewable energy such as solar panels. 

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ACCESS: Upscaling renewable energy in cities

ACCESS works to enable local urban energy hubs including smart grid and storage solutions. The project runs pilots in four cities - Amersfoort, Malmö, Mechelen and West Suffolk.

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AVATAR: Promoting zero-emission automated vessels

AVATAR is at the forefront of sustainable transport promoting a new solution: Zero-emission, automated vessels that transport waste and goods to and from cities.

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COBEN: Empowering communities to become prosumers

COBEN supports citizens, farmers, and local businesses to own and manage decentralised green energy installations. The project has built a network of over 3,000 stakeholders. 

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DecomTools: Taking down wind turbines responsibly

DecomTools explores how to manage ageing turbines to make offshore wind farms more circular. This fills a knowledge gap in the fast growing offshore wind industry.

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DUAL Ports: Exploring solar, wave, tidal and wind power

DUAL Ports worked with small and medium ports to develop their sustainability. Several pilots explored renewable energy sources for fuelling ships. 

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EMPOWER 2.0: Empowering people to become active energy citizens

EMPOWER 2.0 facilitates citizens to create local green energy communities and adopt solutions for energy ownership.

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HyTrEc2: Promoting green hydrogen in transport

What if cars, vans, and buses could run on zero-emission hydrogen, produced with solar and wind energy? HyTrEc2 is leading the way to the transition. 

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INDU-ZERO: Integrating solar panels in mass renovation concept

INDU-ZERO has produced a factory blueprint for energy renovating old buildings. The standard renovation pakage comes complete with rooftop solar panels.

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Inn2POWER: Beefing up wind power supply chains

Inn2POWER enhances the capacity of offshore wind supply chain SMEs by building innovation skills and offering test facilities. 

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Northern Connections: Matching needs and solutions

Northern Connections brought energy clusters together in living labs. Through reverse pitching, buyers presented challenges to SMEs such as designing Sweden's first climate-neutral kindergarten.

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NorthSEE: Making room for green energy in the North Sea

NorthSEE provided a basis for informed and coordinated maritime spatial planning in the North Sea. A crucial point in focus was sustainable energy production. 

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OESA: Scaling up ocean energy

Wave, tidal, and current energy are clean energy sources that exist in abundance in the unruly North Sea. OESA develops and deploys large-scale marine ocean energy pilots.  

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PERISCOPE: Innovating for smart marine energy solutions

PERISCOPE boosted maritime innnovation. Its pilots included floating wind farms, battery storage, and autonomous inspection systems for offshore renewable energy assets.  

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RIGHT: Bridging tomorrow's skills gaps

RIGHT investigated current and future needs for skills within the energy sector. This enabled knowledge institutions to design their education to meet regional demands.

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SEEV4-City: Powering electric cars with green energy 

What if cities could provide local wind or solar power for electric vehicles and enable them to deliver surplus power back to the grid? SEEV4-City helped realise this vision.

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WASP: Setting sail towards wind-assisted shipping

Through testing inventive fittings like rotor sails and ventifoils, WASP builds momentum for wind-assisted shipping in the North Sea. 

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