Thanks to its unique location on the North Sea, the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer, Holland above Amsterdam is the region of the Netherlands with the largest surface area situated on the water. Add the long history of managing and harnessing water and the conclusion is simple: water management was invented here!
The Petten coast reinforcement, the reclamation of the Wieringermeer and, of course, the Afsluitdijk are internationally known. In the past this experience with water yielded primarily land for the flourishing agrifood sector and other industries. Today it generates energy for the region. This is because Holland above Amsterdam is the experimental garden for energy extraction from water. The surplus of water is utilised in an innovative way to generate energy through, for example, tidal energy on the Afsluitdijk. The region is the Netherlands’ offshore energy hub and as such plays a key role in the energy transition on the North Sea.
Water consequently brings out the most innovative strength of companies, entrepreneurs, governmental agencies and residents. So it makes perfect sense that leading knowledge institutes in the field of water management are located in this region. For example, the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research – one of the Netherlands’ largest scientific research centres – is located on Texel.
This all means Holland above Amsterdam can rightly be called the Netherlands’ leading water region.
The region is the Netherlands’ offshore energy hub and as such plays a key role in the energy transition on the North Sea. Learn all about the North Sea Energy Gateway on: www.northseaenergygateway.com