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Equinox Ocean Turbines secures € 2.4 Million in seed funding

Equinox Ocean Turbines BV, a pioneering leader in Ocean Current turbine technology, today announced the successful closing of its seed funding round, raising € 2.4 million. This funding round was led by one of Europe’s leading climate tech investors, EIT InnoEnergy with significant participation from Damen Maritime Ventures, NOM, FOM, complemented with the support of Init Power and two private investors.

The infusion of capital will accelerate the development and deployment of Equinox’s cutting-edge turbine technology, which can be used to harnesses the immense 700 GW potential of Ocean Currents to generate clean baseload energy. The funds raised in this round will be used to further develop and commercialise Equinox’ technology, including the construction of a pre-commercial turbine by 2025. Furthermore, the funds will be used to expand the company’s global footprint to meet the growing demand for clean energy solutions.

“This is a significant step towards fulfilling our ambition of making the marine energy sector a commercial reality.” said Pieter de Haas, CEO of Equinox Ocean Turbines. "Now is the right time to combine efforts and experience of many parties to make Ocean Current Energy a new reality in the energy mix”.

Equinox’ technology, which harnesses the energy of Ocean Currents, has the potential to revolutionise the energy sector by providing a consistent and reliable source of power. The company’s patented technology utilises a unique design – based on proven elements, techniques and design methods.

“As existing power grids struggle to handle the massive influx of intermittent renewables like solar and wind, capturing the potential of steady, clean energy sources like ocean currents will be crucial for the energy transition to succeed,” said Jacob Ruiter, CEO Benelux at EIT InnoEnergy. “Equinox has a promising technology for that. This is why we decided to invest in them, complementing our other portfolio companies in the renewables space.”

Equinox is building on the expertise of several parties to leverage their knowledge domains and capabilities. By utilising the Damen network and maritime expertise, Equinox can accelerate its developments which will allow the company to have the first turbine in the water in under two years. Jasper Schuringa, Damen’s Head of Corporate Venturing, adds that their strategic investment in Equinox will kick-start and support the growth of this early phased and innovative startup company. This investment eventually leads to a new offshore energy segment and maritime ecosystem in which Damen will play a supporting role.

This seed funding round follows a successful pre-seed investment which allowed the company to further develop the business model, perform 3rd party verification of the technology and to develop the emerging market for clean energy baseload. In addition, the company was recently awarded technical support from the U.S. Department of Energy through the TEAMER program.

About Equinox Ocean Turbines

Equinox provides world’s third clean energy source in the form of Ocean Current energy. Equinox turbine technology is one of the few viable solutions to unlock the global potential of baseload Ocean Energy. With the team’s expertise and experience, they can accelerate the transformation of the energy industry towards a clean future.

About EIT InnoEnergy

EIT InnoEnergy operates at the centre of the energy transition and is the leading innovation engine in sustainable energy. It brings the technology, business model innovation and skills required to accelerate the green deal, progress towards Europe’s decarbonisation and re-industrialisation goals, whilst also improving energy security.
EIT InnoEnergy has a portfolio of more than 200 companies, which are estimated to generate €110 billion in revenue and save 2.1G tonnes of CO2e accumulatively by 2030. Collectively, these companies have raised more than €9.7 billion in investment to date.

EIT InnoEnergy was established in 2010 and is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.


Damen Shipyards Group has been in operation for over ninety years and offers maritime solutions worldwide, through design, construction, conversion and repair of ships and ship components. By integrating systems, we create innovative, high-quality platforms, which provide their customers with maximum added value. Their goal is to become the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder, via digitalisation, standardisation and serial construction of our vessels.

Damen Maritime Ventures (DMV) has a dedicated team focusing on maritime related impact investments in companies having synergies with the Damen group. Actively managing a growing startup portfolio, DMV bridges the gap between the startup and the corporate by providing capital, knowledge and access to Damen's large maritime network.