The sand motor

The sand motor

The Sand Motor is a large-scale pilot project in which a new, sustainable method of coastal maintenance is surveyed.

The Sand Motor is constructed as a peninsula of 21.5 million m3 of sand. Under the influence of wind, waves and currents the sand spreads along the shore, thereby reinforcing the coastline and creating a dynamic area for nature and recreational purposes.

The Sand Motor is part of a gigantic research programme in which the government, knowledge institutions and the business community are very closely involved. The first findings about the operation of the Sand Motor are positive. It is expected that after a period of 20 years the Sand Motor will result in 35 hectares of additional beach and dunes.

Completion: 2011

Evaluations: 2016 and 2021

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