Why is this important?
Within the climate agreement, the North Sea has been designated as an important future contributor to the Dutch green energy supply by means of large scale wind farms. Between the turbines of these wind farms, large areas are available that can be used for food production, alternative energy production and nature development. One can already imagine various combinations of these activities such as seaweed with passive fishery and oyster reefs in these areas. Adding one or more activities in these wind farm areas turns them into multi-use areas. Therefore we call them: Multi-use Sea Farms.
Offshore wind farms are complex industrial areas with many regulations to ensure safe and predictable production. For a multi-user to be able to operate in this area, careful alignment with the wind farm operator is required. This will help both parties to work safely, to have a viable commercial business and to operate in balance with the North Sea ecosystem. It is exactly this alignment process that the Multi-use Procedure will facilitate. By providing a clear overview of the steps that need to be taken, the conditions that have to be met and in a language that all stakeholders can understand.
The Multi-Use Procedure focuses primarily on the alignment between wind farm operators and multi-users. The Procedure is suited for any type of multi-use: from seaweed farming to floating solar panels and nature. Once the multi-user and wind farm operator have completed the Procedure, then the Multi-user is ready to apply for a “Waterwet-vergunning” permit for that specific wind farm. The benefit of having followed the Multi-use Procedure is that the wind farm operator is already in agreement with multi-user’s permit application: a very important “tick in the box” for a successful permit process!
What are the objectives of this project?
- Develop a workable Multi-use Procedure
- Determine the various steps and issues before applying for a Multi-Use permit
- Cooperate with the stakeholders to converge these issues into clear and applicable steps
- Develop & design the Multi-Use Procedure visual
What do we do in this project?
The Multi-use Procedure is a co-creation project between several stakeholders, including TKI wind op Zee, main players from the wind industry and the Community of Practice (CoP) Blue Innovation North Sea 2030. Noordzeeboerderij is project leader and content creator of this project. Smartland (Seaweed Platform community member) was asked to develop the Multi-Use Procedure visual. The project is commissioned by Topsector Energie & RVO.
What are the results so far?
The project has by now been completed and the Multi-Use Procedure is ready for you to use! You can download the visual below or follow the steps of the flowchart. These detailed steps carefully explain what a multi-user can do to get to a substantiated permit application.
This project suits our priority…
Who else are involved?
TKI Wind op Zee, Topsector Energie, RVO, Smartland, CoP Multi-use
Period: 06/2019 - 01/2020
Website: RVO CoP Blue Innovation NS2030
Photo: by Smartland