TNO is the largest independent applied research organization in the Netherlands.
TNO as a whole works on applied science in the broadest sense, from building, infrastructure and maritime to healthy living and transition to a renewable energy system (in the unit ECN part of TNO).
As of April 2018, the former Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) joined forces with TNO to form the unit ECN part of TNO, together with other energy focused researchers of TNO. Within this unit, the Wind Energy research group (of about 50 people) focusses on large offshore wind farms, system integration, new technology (such as floating wind) and measurements.
ECN has a long history in R&D of offshore Wind,and is collaborating in many national and international public-private partnerships and research consortia. ECN is well known for its simulation tools to evaluate the planning and impact on LCOE of installation and O&M strategies. Furthermore, ECN has many years of experience on aerodynamics, structural dynamics and (floating) wind turbine control&operation.
Control systems, O&M planning and cost models.
TNO has participated in 7 European projects in the field of floating wind energy as shown in section 4. Moreover, TNO has developed several tools for design and analysis of OWT and farms which will be used during the project.