Maasvlakte 2: test and demo location for offshore wind

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Europe’s maritime capital is the ideal location for innovation in offshore wind. Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam offers space for offshore testing and demo facilities. But where are all these facilities and what do the various locations offer? From now on, you will be able to see them in the Offshore Innovation overview.


Download the Offshore Innovation overview as a poster below.

Offshore wind is a are rapidly-growing industry. The development and testing of innovations in this sector requires a lot of space. The map provides an insight into everything that Maasvlakte 2 has to offer: thanks to the conditions, the climate and the existing companies and services, Maasvlakte 2 is the ideal location for testing offshore wind facilities. There are a wide range of options on land, in the air and in/on the water. Maasvlakte 2 is exposed to a lot of wind because of its location. In addition, this part of the port of Rotterdam consists of North Sea sand and has a unique offshore borehole that is more than 25 metres deep.

On land: pile driving techniques

The land on Maasvlakte 2 is ideal for testing pile driving and installation techniques, amongst others. There is a large area of land available on Sites E & A. Thanks to the North Sea sand that was used to create Maasvlakte 2, the conditions are comparable to those at sea. The sites can be reached by road and by water.

Water: cable-laying techniques

On the water, Rotterdam port offers clear water, little or no wave motion and limited currents. There are short-stay and long-stay locations available and the offshore borehole is more than 25 metres deep. The water is suitable for anchor tests and cable-laying systems, amongst other things.

Infographic: Cable-laying techniques

In the air: turbine testing & drone testing

Are you looking for a location for turbine or drone testing or do you want to test new types of energy generation? Site E and Site A are ideal for testing in the air. There are large surface areas available and the conditions are comparable to those at sea thanks to the wind and salt levels, amongst other things.

Offshore wind in the Port of Rotterdam

The Offshore Innovation overview is the initiative of the municipality of Rotterdam, Port of Rotterdam Authority, InnovationQuarter and TKI Wind op Zee. Together, they are working for offshore wind in the Port of Rotterdam. Twan Romeijn, Business Analyst Maritime and Offshore Industry at Port of Rotterdam Authority: “More and more companies are having to test and demonstrate existing and new technology, tools and services in order to maintain or expand their position as market leaders. Rotterdam is offering companies this space. On land, in the air and in and on the water.” Maasvlakte 2 is currently being used as a test location by GBM Works and Amphibious Energy, and anchor tests were recently carried out by the Gulliver.

Applying for a test location

The test and demo facilities at Maasvlakte 2 are available for short and long-term tests by any company, from start-up to renowned company. You can receive support for such things as licensing and utilities. The Port of Rotterdam also offers an extensive network of offshore-related companies.