About the Zand Motor

In 2011, the Sand Motor was constructed off the coast of Ter Heijde and Kijkduin: a large artificial sandbank in the shape of a peninsula. Ocean currents, wind and waves were given free rein to spread the sand along the Delfland coast between Hoek van Holland and Scheveningen. The Sand Motor is important as a driver for innovative coastal maintenance. Since its construction, dozens of researchers from various universities and knowledge institutions have been following the development of the Sand Motor closely.

Research and development

We are investigating whether and how nature can spread the sand along the coast for us. The sand gradually spreads north and south under the influence of wind, waves and currents. As a result, the area has increasingly resembled the dynamic coastal nature as we know it from the Wadden Islands. Various plants, birds and other animals have nestled in the new, attractive coastal landscape. The area also has great recreational value for nature lovers and active sportsmen.

This is how the Sand Motor works

With the Sand Motor, we work with the water, instead of against it. In the animation below we explain how we do this.


International innovation icon

The Sand Motor is a unique experiment, because we work with the water instead of against it. By depositing a large amount of sand in one go, we prevent repeated disturbance of the seabed. Nature puts the sand in the right place for us. For example, the Sand Motor offers a place of peace and space for both humans and animals. As a result, there is also a lot of international attention. The icon for innovation has proven itself: it actually creates a wider coastal zone.

The Sand Motor will be ten years old in 2021. We will then combine the final conference in honor of this anniversary with the Coastal Dynamic conference.

Because of this international attention, the final conference, after 10 years of the Sand Motor, will be combined in 2021 with the conference of Coastal Dynamics