Dutch Research Agenda honours HybridLabs consortium

News - 13 July 2023

NWO has announced that 19 consortia will receive funding within the National Research Agenda programme: Research on Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC). One of these is HybridLabs coordinated by Prof.Dr. Axelle Viré, Full Professor of Floating Wind Energy at TU Delft. HybridLabs, a consortium of some 40 partners, will accelerate Dutch innovations in offshore renewable energy through data-driven hybrid labs. Viré: "The scale of infrastructure and innovations in HybridLabs is unique. We connect a wide range of labs and offshore demonstration sites through smart data-driven methods." In total, the consortium will receive 13 million euros. 

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.


  • Delft University of Technology
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Twente
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands)
  • Deltares
  • TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research)
  • Netherlands eScience Centre
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Limerick
  • Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)
  • TKI Offshore Wind
  • Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA)
  • OffshoreWind4Kids
  • Holland Home of Wind Energy
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • 12 To Zero
  • Seawind Ocean Technology Holding
  • Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
  • Shell
  • GustoMSC
  • Port of Amsterdam
  • Clare County Council
  • The North Sea Foundation
  • Boskalis
  • Shannon Foynes Port Company
  • Campus@Sea Cooperative
  • Heerema Marine Contractors
  • Bluewater Energy Services
  • Physik Instrumente
  • Lunet aan de Snel Foundation
  • Oceans of Energy
  • CrossWind
  • Huisman Equipment
  • Heerema Engineering Solutions.

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.