Here you can find all the information you need about the projects of the Blue Cluster.
In the T-shore project, thirteen partners from five countries are working together to establish a European network of training centres in offshore wind energy. The aim is to provide high-quality training courses for the sector in an innovative way. This way, they want to respond to the great demand for qualified personnel.
In the wake of a wind turbine, turbulence is created and the wind loses a lot of its power. This is called the wake effect. Cloud4wake aims to better explore the wake effects in wind farms, so that adverse effects can be addressed and the wind farms’ business case can be improved.
Natural solutions are increasingly used to protect our coasts from the ferocity of the sea. However, a lot of sand needs to be extracted for such solutions, which affects the marine ecosystem. SUSANA aims to map both ecosystems and the effects they experience.
The general public is often insufficiently aware of and involved in the sustainable transition of the Flemish coastal area. That’s why the BLUE BALANCE project is aimed at creating public support and facilitating a comprehensive dialogue between local residents, tourists, local businesses and government authorities.
In Europe, scaling up commercial aquaculture is hampered by high production costs and the pressure on local resources. In this project, an indoor cultivation concept for shrimp is developed that does not require water changes and produces virtually no waste. The new concept is based on improved clear water technology.
The Flemish coast as we know it is the result of a centuries-long interaction between the sea, land and humans. The coastline was very different in the past. The Testerep project deals with how the coastline has evolved over time and what lessons we can learn for the present and the future.
There is a great demand for new, better and more versatile enzymes. The sea can be an important source of such enzymes, but research is very expensive and time-consuming. The EnzyMares project is aimed at developing a toolbox to easily identify promising enzymes.
BlueBioClusters aims to support European (coastal) regions and citizens in the transition to a sustainable blue bio-economy. The project contributes to the development of blue value chains by improving blue bio-economy cluster services across Europe.
Europe has set a very ambitious mission for its oceans. Its success largely depends on how we deal with our oceans and seas. How can we accomplish effective protection and the development of a sustainable blue economy? The Prep4Blue project sketches the outlines of the mission in terms of research and innovation.
Offshore wind turbines are constructed around the globe. The foundations of such wind turbines are quickly colonised by filter-feeding animals. The OUTFLOW project investigates the functional impact of a high concentration of these animals on the marine ecosystem.
Offshore wind turbines have a limited lifespan. The oldest wind turbines in the Belgian part of the North Sea are approaching the end of their useful life. The CTO project investigates how we can adopt a sustainable approach and prepare the industry for this.