NWO-NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) is the national oceanographic institute based on the Wadden island of Texel and on the Easter Scheldt in Yerseke. Its research groups focus on estuarine and delta systems, coastal systems, ocean systems, and marine microbiology and biogeochemistry. In addition, NIOZ has national marine facilities including a fleet of research vessels. They also provide bottom and biological sampling equipment, and instruments for water column measurements, pressure testing, and performing fouling experiments.

As a test facility for marine energy devices, NIOZ is particularly well equiped for component- and supporting technology testing. As such, they are capable of testing components of wave, tidal, OTEC and salinity gradient technologies of technology readiness 1 through 9.

NIOZ also is a partner in the DMEC Innovation Accelerator project, and collaborates with other Dutch knowledge institutes on a suite of tools that help identify, quantify, and mitigate environmental effects of marine energy technologies.

More about NIOZ's facilities

Test basin

General characteristics

  • Simulation: Dynamic tank
  • Suitable for performance and component testing
  • Model size range: up to 5 x 5 x 5 m3
  • Dimensions: 5 m x 5 m x 5 m
Pressure tank

General characteristics

  • Simulation: high pressure
  • Suitable for performance, operation and component testing
  • Model size range: up to 0.75 m x 1.8 m
  • Dimensions: 0.75 m x 1.8 m