A delegation consisting of the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO), the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Van Oord, and the VDL Groep arrived in Curaçao last week. The group has been interested in the island for some time and is looking into investment opportunities, particularly in sustainable energy generation, port development, and the application of innovative technologies in Curaçao.
They are primarily exploring innovative solutions to ensure Curaçao and other islands have a sustainable energy future. Significant benefits can be generated for Curaçao and other islands by establishing a Living Lab for sustainable energy solutions. The governmental firm Refineria di Kòrsou (RdK) is sponsoring the Living Lab project, which is a collaboration with TNO. Biofuel via Sargasso, Deep Sea Cooling, Electric Transportation, Hydrogen (export), and other solutions are among the areas that were covered.
Curaçao’s Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with the RdK, organized the delegation’s program.
The Representation of The Netherlands in Curaçao hosted a welcoming reception for the delegation and their Curaçao counterparts at the Representative of The Netherlands’ official residence. Gilmar Pisas, the Prime Minister of Curaçao, was also present. Attendees could converse while having a snack and beverage. “It is an opportunity for both Curaçao and the Dutch business community if efforts are made to link important parties who wish to work together and who wish to boost the economy in Curaçao,” says Erwin Arkenbout, The Netherlands’ Representative in Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten.