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HybridLabs Accelerating Dutch innovations in offshore renewables through data-driven hybrid labs

HybridLabs accelerates the energy transition by developing renewable offshore technologies for electricity as well as hydrogen production. HybridLabs simultaneously strengthens the offshore food and environmental transition. HybridLabs leads to a strong position for the Dutch knowledge and innovation chain and also creates important commercialisation opportunities for floating wind energy along the Irish Atlantic coast. At the core of HybridLabs is a unique Dutch infrastructure of hybrid experimental facilities, simulators and offshore demonstration sites, which learn from each other using new data- and physics-driven approaches. Because of the hybrid infrastructure, technology development takes place faster and cheaper. Knowledge exploitation takes place towards industry, policymakers, NGOs and citizens. The consortium will receive 10 million euros from NWO and another 3 million euros from co-funding.

NWA seeks connection with society

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), NWO realises the research programme of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). The aim of the NWA is to utilise knowledge to make a positive, structural contribution to the society of tomorrow by building bridges today and working together to ensure scientific breakthroughs and societal impact. This is realised, for example, via an annual funding round for Research along Routes by Consortia (ORC). In the NWA-ORC, interdisciplinary consortia work on the portfolio of the 25 NWA routes thereby bringing scientific breakthroughs and societal impact within reach. The NWA encourages productive interactions and team science. Both the entire breadth of knowledge chain and relevant societal partners should be represented in the research projects.