The Eemshaven location is the designated Field Lab for transportation on water.
At the Eemshaven testing is combined with maritime training (Delfzijl) and extended field testing, which includes collaborating with the apply founded Offshore Wind Innovation Centre. In addition, a connection is made with other modalities, such as for instance drones. Moreover, the focus here includes logistic autonomy regarding wind parks (North Sea) and autonomous drones for the maintenance of these wind parks.
Through a national (as well as European) grant application the link and connection with other modalities, knowledge institutes and companies can be improved and expanded.
Over the coming years multiple field labs are to be developed and expanded, thus working step-by-step towards testing and developing effective implementation within for instance PT concessions. Here, certification also plays a major role, allowing these labs to be unique in Europe. The field labs will be exchanging knowledge and experience with each other, closely linked as they are. Testing and development can partly be conducted at other field labs (drones at Zernike, shuttles at the taxi runway at the Groningen Airport Eelde or at the Eemshaven, etc.). The whole development process and its expedition also requires connecting at an educational level regarding training, research and internships. For this reason, structural collaboration – rather than the current fragmented projects – is sought at the field labs with the Noorderpoort Regional Educational Centre, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the University of Groningen as well as other educational institutions. Wherever possible as well as useful, we are developing additional field labs in the Northern Netherlands.