Several regional parties, including the province, are investigating what sorts of opportunities the new Afsluitdijk has to offer for the development of projects on the subject of renewable energy. One of the initiatives is the so called ‘off grid test centre’ at the beginning of the Afsluitdijk near Den Oever. This ‘centre’ should be a fully self-sustainable energy system on – and for – the Afsluitdijk, for the Afsluitdijk, with its own power generation and energy storage, not connected to the public energy grid.
Jack van der Hoek, deputy sustainability: ‘’The centre is meant for research and education, but another appealing example is innovation. In order to generate the renewable energy, several innovative systems are tested in conjunction, including natural kinetic energy from the sea (low and high tide), solar energy, battery technology & storage and wind energy. For the last one, the temporary wind turbine will be used. Noord-Holland is proud to facilitate this unique conjunction of innovations in one place.’’
The new Afsluitdijk is to be an example for sustainable innovation on the subject of Energy & Water, Nature & Water and Economy & Water. Combined, these sustainable developments contribute to a socioeconomic enhancement of the regions on both ends of the Afsluitdijk. The new Afsluitdijk is a co-operation between the provinces of Noord-Holland and Friesland, and the municipalities of Hollands Kroon, Zuidwest-Friesland and Harlingen.