Wave Energy in the North Sea.

About us

​SMS Projects was founded in 2012 to research and develop the Slow Mill wave energy technology, based on a unique blade construction that greatly resists open flow. In the following years the technology was developed by testing increasingly larger scale models in the lab, on open water and in the North Sea to a point where several well performing autonomic plug and play models can be demonstrated. Members of the management team own the technology and are highly motivated to bring a successful product onto the market to accelerate the energy transition, support ocean life, lessen fossil fuel dependence and boost the circular economy.  

Erwin Croughs sailed the world oceans for over a decade and then specialised in design, development, production and marketing of products. A prolific award winning innovator, frequently introducing successful new products like the Doggy, a self adjusting outdoor table, first prize at the Horecava Innovation Awards 2005. He founded SMS Projects in 2012 to develop the Slow Mill. Responsible for organisation, administration, purchase, development and overall performance.                                          croughs@slowmill.nl

Patrick Jansens has a background in steel construction and specialises in plate steel. He made the previous Slow Mill models and helped construct, install, set up and execute the lab tests. Responsible for construction, installation and maintenance of models and prototypes.                  


Erwin Meijboom is also cofounder and has a technical background in Wageningen, specialised in environmental and sustainability issues. Founder of Elias Consulting and former manager at Hoogheemraadschap Delfland, experienced in field of water management and as consultant for corporate issues. Responsible for scientific research, quality control and external report.                                                                                meijboom@slowmill.nl