The Offshore Wind Industry (OWI) is an important driver for economic development in the North Sea Region (NSR) but is challenged by the need for cost reductions, innovation and improved acceptance of the industry. In order to secure growth in the OWI around the North Sea Region SMEs need to play a key role in tackling those challenges. They represent a high percentage of the industry and can be highly innovative, offering unique capabilities based on their specialized skills, drive and flexibility. But SMEs suffer from structural disadvantages of size, complex procurements, high costs and insufficient understanding of the (global) market for their services. They would benefit from targeted support measures and collaborations on a regional, sectoral and transnational level.

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Aims and Objectives

The project Inn2POWER represents the platform for the offshore wind clusters of the North Sea Region to work together on the shared goal of providing focused support for SMEs and bringing their SMEs across the borders to engage them in innovative business collaborations. The overall objective of Inn2POWER is to improve innovation capacity of SMEs and to facilitate access to the OWI by creating the appropriate supportive conditions. More specifically Inn2POWER aims to:

  • Connect and strengthen regional OWI clusters of SMEs by supporting SMEs to enter new transnational markets and by developing transnational SME collaboration
  • Facilitate access to harbor logistics and testing facilities for SMEs in the offshore wind industry
  • Improve the workforce for SMEs in the offshore wind industry
  • Stimulating innovation and growth of SMEs in the offshore wind industry and providing them with the necessary expertise and support to explore the possibilities and opportunities of green hydrogen
  • Mapping out the opportunities and challenges for SMEs regarding green hydrogen and offshore wind 
Working Areas of Inn2Power

Inn2Power consists of five main working areas:

  • Realisation of transnational collaboration in the offshore wind industry
  • Improving access to supporting Infrastructure i.e. offshore wind test facilities and harbour logistic facilities
  • Securing the work force of the offshore wind industry: Development of MBA level courses and supporting staff recruitment
  • Communicating the achievements of the offshore wind sector to secure acceptance and support
  • Expanding existing tools (company directory, with the green hydrogen network

SMEs of all participating offshore wind clusters will be involved throughout all project phases and work packages and will benefit from the results of the project.

The Inn2POWER Consortium

Inn2POWER is implemented by a consortium of up to 13 partners who represent the leading offshore Wind clusters of the North Sea Region, i.e. Denmark, West Flanders/Belgium, Northwest Germany, the Netherlands and East of England.

  • Regional Development Agency West Flanders (POM West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
  • Autonomous Municipal Enterprise Port of Oostende (Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende), Belgium
  • University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven (Hochschule Bremerhaven), Germany (2016-2020)
  • Kent County Council (Kent County Council), United Kingdom
  • National Innovation Center/ Business Academy Southwest (Erhvervsakademi Sydvest), Denmark (2016-2020)
  • WAB e.V., Germany
  • (Fonden Offshore Center Denmark), Denmark (non active partner)
  • Nautilus Associates Ltd - Opergy Ldt., United Kingdom
  • Province of Groningen (Provincie Groningen), The Netherlands (2016-2020)
  • Flanders' Maritime Cluster, Belgium
  • Northern development Institute NOM (Noordelijke Ontwikkelings Maatschappij), The Netherlands
  • WaterstofNet, Belgium (2021-2023)
  • Hydrogen East, United Kingdom (2021-2023)
Project Duration

November 2016 – April 2023


Inn2Power is an Interreg-Project, funded by the European Union - European Regional Development Fund, North Sea Region Programme