The Rotterdam – The Hague Emergency Airport (RHEA) project will create an economic cluster at the interface of cleantech and water security vis-à-vis airport development. The water security cluster has huge potential: it is expected to grow by 65% in the near future to 200 billion Euros worldwide. As an elevated ‘safe haven’, the site is also a striking example of water security (multi-layer security).
A knowledge and training centre comprising service providers, business, research, NGOs and aid organisations will be created that will tap into RHEA companies and scientists specialised in cleantech products in the region. Besides creating companies, RHEA has the potential to attract other national facilities such as regional planners and shelters for inland evacuation and recovery.