Read the news articles from the Blue cluster about innovative activities and expertise in the sustainable blue economy here.
21 March 2022
Environmental impact of offshore wind farms in the North Sea
Offshore wind turbines generate energy without emitting any particulate matter or CO2, and thus help combat climate change. However, they potentially have an impact on the marine environment in which they are built.
16 March 2022
The ocean as the engine of sustainable economic growth
Over 3 billion people depend on the ocean for their livelihoods, and 80% of global trade takes place via the seas. These factors put enormous pressure on this essential ecosystem. It is therefore crucial to address any negative effects proactively.
07 March 2022
Eleventh project call of Blue Cluster is open
Our eleventh call has been open since 7 March 2022. Each project proposal that fits within the Blue Cluster roadmaps and meets the cooperation requirements is eligible for funding. The current call is open to all innovation domains of Blue Cluster and to all project types, with the exception of cSBRs.
04 March 2022
DataBeach project completed: a few conclusions
There is a growing trend in the international market to shift the responsibility and the financial risk connected with the maintenance of coastal areas from the contracting authority to the contractor. In this context, new contract types such as DBFM (design-build-finance-maintain) are taken into consideration.
01 March 2022
Plannen voor nieuwe interconnector België - VK
The Belgian blue economy is moving forward. New activities are developed in various fields and plans are made for the future. And that is a good thing for our general economic growth.
17 February 2022
A shot in the arm for innovative start-ups
It is not always easy for start-ups to break into the market, even if they offer a ground-breaking product or concept. For this reason, Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) launched a second call for innovative start-up support.
10 February 2022
R&D feasibility study: brief explanation
Companies with a ground-breaking idea often have to overcome many challenges before they can actually develop that idea. The R&D feasibility study by Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) is aimed at assisting these companies with advice and financial support. From now on, such feasibility studies can be submitted continuously to Blue Cluster.
03 February 2022
Nieuwe strategische visie voor aquacultuur in de EU
Aquaculture accounts for approximately one quarter of all seafood products consumed in Europe. However, only 10% of the seafood consumed in the European Union is actually produced in the EU. This means that there is still a considerable margin of growth.
01 February 2022
Help determine the criteria for the Princess Elisabeth Zone
The Belgian federal government has decided to increase the capacity of the wind turbines off the Belgian coast to a maximum of 3.5 GW. In combination with the existing offshore wind farms, the total offshore wind power capacity in Belgium should amount to 5.8 GW by 2030. This is an almost threefold increase compared to the current offshore capacity.
27 January 2022
Combat water scarcity with the Water Barometer
In Flanders, we are under the illusion that there is an abundance of water. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Flanders is one of the regions in Europe most affected by water scarcity. It poses a serious risk to our economy.
26 January 2022
Relive Blue Cluster’s activities at G-STIC Dubai
Why and how will Belgium build its energy island? What is the concept behind the Danish energy offshore hub? How does this compare to natural islands? During this webinar we dove into the details of what is possible today and how we could proceed in the near future.