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Newsletter No. 2 // 21.01.2019
Inn2POWER Newsletter Issue #2

Dear readers,

For the Inn2POWER project partners, 2018 has started just like 2017 ended – with new events, site visits, design meetings and overall a lot of enjoyable work.

The Inn2POWER Company Directory keeps growing, the development of the MBA courses for offshore wind energy is in full progress as well as the Networking Tool and the work on the SME’s access to test facilities and harbor logistics. We are looking forward to an exiting year!

In this newsletter, we will share with you the latest news from our regions, a review on past events as well as an outlook on the upcoming events, and how you can get involved further with the Inn2POWER project. Also, there is a look behind the scenes of the project with Christian and Gustavo from Offshoreenergy.dk and Anne and Wolfgang from Hochschule Bremerhaven.

We wish you an enjoyable read!

The Inn2POWER partners


Dutch B2B event draws Danish delegation to Groningen  

In January 2018, a supply chain meeting - organized and hosted by NNOW in collaboration with the Province of Groningen – was held in Groningen (Netherlands). The meeting drew a delegation of ten Danish organisations that experienced an interesting two-day agenda. On day one, companies searched for subcontractors through an innovative format: Only relevant subcontractor companies had the opportunity to pitch tailor made products and services to find a perfect company match at the end. On day two, the delegation visited the Eemshaven Offshore Port and a cutting-edge test facility. 


Patrick Brouns

Picture: Patrick Brouns, the regional minister for energy and finance, kicks off the supply chain meeting by presenting the region's high ambitions for offshore wind energy.

Offshore wind featured in coalition agreement in Germany

German major parties CDU and SPD have agreed in their coalition talks to significantly expand the development of onshore and offshore wind energy. Applications for the construction of wind farms and grids shall be processed and authorized more quickly in the future. Andreas Wellbrock, CEO of the Wind Agency in Bremerhaven, WAB e.V., considers these goals ambitious. "It is definitely a step in the right direction that could save a lot of jobs. It will be crucial though, how fast and concrete the implementation will proceed", he says. 

Offshore wind development in the Netherlands: zero bid tender and in-field test site

At least three bids have been submitted to the zero bid tender round for the allotment "Hollandse Kust Zuid" which closed in December 2017, proving that companies are willing to build and operate wind farms in the North Sea on the Dutch coast without subsidies. Assuming that the quality of the bids is deemed high enough, the party with the best plan will be selected and will then get to build the first wind farm in the world without subsidies, as it will come into production in 2022.

Companies want to test and operate innovative technologies for offshore wind energy on a specifically for that purpose designed innovation allotment in the North Sea at Borssele. At this location, it is possible to test innovations offshore in-field. Simultaneously, 20 MW of sustainable energy will produced. Because innovation projects are generally more risky and expensive than "normal" projects, several subsidies apply. Companies could submit their plans until mid-January 2018; the party with the best plan will be selected as the winner.


Design Meeting MBA

In Autumn 2017, the Work Package 5 project team has analyzed and worked on designing the right approach to commencing the international MBA module programme. Through fruitful discussions within the Work Package the main conclusion in our efforts to design and launch the programme for Autumn 2018 has been the objective of achieving commitment from the customers and partner firms. To that purpose, the project team together with two Ph.D. students co-planned and conducted a seminar in the beginning of December 2017 which was joined by major players in the industry who gave their input to the design, the content and the organization of the MBA programme. 


Offshore B2B – matchmaking across the pond!

The brand new network forum ‘Offshore B2B – Innovation, Network and New Tech’ left quite an impression with the attendees at the event in Esbjerg, Denmark on 8.-9. November 2017.Hosted by Offshoreenergy.dk; the national cluster organization and innovation network for companies, organizations and knowledge institutions in the offshore energy sector in Denmark, the business-to-business event offered two days of intense networking across the entire oil & gas and wind industry. Indeed, the 100+ participants came from all areas of the offshore industry as well as all corners of the North Sea, with participants from Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark taking part and with 320 pre-booked meetings.



Inn2POWER Company Directory

The Inn2POWER project has developed a new Offshore Wind Company Directory providing an interactive, online platform allowing companies in the supply chain to find customers, suppliers and collaboration partners with the right competences and experiences they are seeking.


B2B Matchmaking Event at Belgian Offshore Days in Ostend, 21 - 22 March

As past B2B matchmaking events have shown, they present a unique opportunity for companies to develop fruitful relationships with potential partners from the North Sea region. 

Register now for our next event at the Belgian Offshore Days and take advantage of this unique opportunity! 


B2B Matchmaking Event at Windforce Conference in Bremerhaven, 15 - 16 May

Another opportunity to join an Inn2POWER B2B matchmaking event will be in May in Bremerhaven, Germany, as a side event to the Windforce Conference. As for all other B2B matchmaking events, the
registration is free of charge. 


Christian Munk Jensen and Gustavo Ferraz de Luna, both Project Managers of Offshoreenergy.dk, talk about Inn2POWER and their personal involvement in the project.

Read the interview with Gustavo and Christian...

Anne Magritz and Professor Wolfgang Lukas from Hochschule Bremerhaven introduce themselves and give some details about their work in Work Package 5 of the Inn2POWER project.

Read the interview with Anne and Wolfgang...
Two Dutch companies matched up far from home!

Edwin van Dijk, general manager at the offshore multiservices provider VDR in Anna Paulowna, the Netherlands, took a seven-hour drive to go to the Offshore B2B and Inn2POWER matchmaking event in Denmark in November.
There, Mr. van Dijk met many representatives from interesting companies in the North Sea Region. One of them was Tjark Hulst from HICE, a cable equipment manufacturer from… the Netherlands!

“We have never met before but share some of the same customers. Now we know each other, we could make more of it once we are back in the Netherlands again”, says Tjark Hulst.
“This is easy”, offered Edwin van Dijk: “Once a year I fly to Houston to a conference mainly to speak to other Dutch companies! So meeting up in Denmark is faster”, he said with a laugh.

Two Belgian companies had a similiar experience: Wouter Vullers from VAPO Hydraulics and Bram van Londersele from MEET HET met each other for the first time in Esbjerg and back in Flanders, they are actually deepening their relationship and discussing several cooperation opportunities.
If you want to become involved in Inn2POWER please contact one of our regional partners:

Inn2POWER is co-financed by the European Union’s European Regional
Development Fund – Interreg North Sea Region Programme

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