Wave Energy in the North Sea


About us

​SMS Projects was founded in 2012 to research and develop the Slow Mill wave energy technology, based on a unique blade construction that greatly resists open flow. In the following years the technology was developed by testing increasingly larger scale models in the lab, on open water and in the North Sea to a point where several well performing autonomic plug and play models can be demonstrated. Members of the management team own the technology and are highly motivated to bring a successful product onto the market to accelerate the energy transition, support ocean life, lessen fossil fuel dependence and boost the circular economy.  


Erwin Croughs sailed the world oceans for over a decade and then specialised in design, development, production and marketing of products. A prolific award winning innovator, frequently introducing successful new products like the Doggy, a self adjusting outdoor table, ffirst prize at the Horecava Innovation Awards 2005. He founded SMS Projects in 2012 to develop the Slow Mill. Responsible for organisation, administration, purchase, development and overall performance.                                                                                croughs@slowmill.nl


Patrick Gaynor is cofounder of SMS projects and member of the advisory board, responsible for mid and long term strategy and business development. He has cofounded and guided successful businesses with long term sustainable goals and held positions on several boards of various government water management agencies.

gaynor@slowmill.nl


Patrick Jansens has a background in steel construction and specialises in plate steel. He made the previous Slow Mill models and helped construct, install, set up and execute the lab tests. Responsible for construction, installation and maintenance of models and prototypes.                  

jansens@slowmill.nl


Wouter Veer has a background at TU Delft in measurement and control technology. Heading a highly successful and expanding business in personnel management, he developed and implemented a state of the art management program for the flexible labor market. Founder of iFund, main investor of BlueCity 010 in the famous old Tropicana, helping entrepreneurs to forward the circular economy.                                                                            veer@slowmill.nl


Erwin Meijboom is also cofounder and has a technical background in Wageningen, specialised in environmental and sustainability issues. Founder of Elias Consulting and manager at Hoogheemraadschap Delfland, experienced in ffield of water management and as consultant for corporate issues. Responsible for scientiffic research, quality control and external report.                                                                                meijboom@slowmill.nl