Interreg North Sea Project DIOL - Develop Innovative Offshore Logistic

© North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH)

Expansion of offshore wind energy in Europe

The federal government has set itself ambitious goals for the expansion of renewable energies. The expansion of offshore wind energy in Europe also plays a major role. Here, the output in the North Sea is to be increased to 65 GW by 2030 and 150 GW by 2050. However, it is almost impossible to achieve these goals with the port capacities currently available. An expansion of capacities and greater cooperation between European offshore port locations is necessary. This is where the Interreg North Sea project DIOL (Develop Innovative Offshore Logistic) comes into play.

The project deals with the implementation of the Esbjerg Declaration, which was signed by the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands at the North Sea Summit in Esbjerg on May 18, 2022. The aim of this is to make the North Sea Europe's “green power plant”. In order to achieve this goal, eight pilot projects were defined that focus on different areas:

  • Intelligent offshore drone transport
  • Renewable energies for equipping logistics hubs
  • Intelligent manned/unmanned use of airspace
  • Intelligent environmental data management in logistics centers
  • Adaptation of logistics centers to supply future energy islands
  • Intelligent monitoring of logistics centers/renewable energy infrastructure
  • Storage of environmentally friendly fuels in logistics centers
  • Offshore storage for floating wind turbines

At the Offshore Drone Campus in Cuxhaven, Fraunhofer IFAM is primarily concerned with long-distance and heavy-duty drones for material transport as well as the implementation of transnational BVLOS flights.


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Project duration:

April 12, 2023 - March 31, 2027