Wave Energy in the North Sea.

Texel Pilot

In March 2018 a research project was started to make Texel sustainable through wave energy. A consortium of 6 partners, Slow Mill, Rotec, Ingenieurs Bureau Rotterdam, Deltares, NIOZ and Innnoship started initial research and engineering of the ffirst phase of a 2,5 years project that will connect a 400 kW Slow Mill Prototype to the Texel grid.  


Ffirst a scale model will be build, ca. 8m long, 10m deep, 2m diameter to generate about 25 kW in normal North Sea conditions. The tests will be conducted off the coast of Texel, Ameland and possibly at Light Island Goeree, together with RWS and v/d Herik. 

Texel municipality and companies decided to ffinance construction of the test model's anchor, anticipating a grant of the Waddenfonds and NH. At ca. 3-4 km off the coast of Texel a gravity anchor will be lowered to the sea floor and tests of stability, strength, biodiversity and handling will be performed. Important and innovative research objectives include the connection, installation and decommissioning without any large offshore equipment.  

 Steven van Vliet, Sandor Mantje, Erwin Croughs, Erwin Meijboom, Pieter de Vries.

As soon as the scale model performs well, a full scale prototype will be build and connected to the high voltage grid of Texel. After that a small series can be build. The ffirst Dutch North Sea wave farm will be build off the coast of Texel to obtain clean energy without horizon pollution, increase biodiversity and explore synergies like mariculture, coastal protection, ffishing and tourism while reducing cost and emissions. About 10% of the West Texel coastline is needed to make Texel fully sustainable. 


                                                                                                    The engineering team: 

Jan Kramer - Deltares

Marcel v/d Linden - NIOZ

Jelte Kymmel = Mocean Offshore

Marck Smit - NIOZ

Erwin Croughs - Slow Mill

Erwin Meijboom - Elias Consulting

Maaike  Slooten - Mocean Offshore

Roy Osinga = Econcrete

Hasim Tezerdi  Ing Buro R'dam

Jaap van Muiden - NLR

The Slow Mill anchor was successfully installed 4 km off the West Texel coast, exactly at its designated location.

                   NIOZ started a series of practical testing, biodiversity monitoring and seabed research.

Deltares tested several versions of a Slow Mill wave farm in a variety of conditions to better understand the effects of a wave farm on the environment.