Here you can find all the information you need about the projects of the Blue Cluster.
SeaChem focuses on the training of a new generatation of researchers involved in the production and valorisation of seaweed biomass. The project aims to increase support for this in the EU by tackling current problems in offshore seaweed cultivation.
The Coastbusters project tests the capacity and added value of certain biological organisms for coastal defense. A stronger and more resilient coast will also have a positive impact on nature and biodiversity in the North Sea.
Offshore wind farms provide us with large amounts of clean renewable energy, but also have a certain effect on the environment. The ANEMOI project studies possible chemical emissions from these wind farms (OWFs) and their impact on ecosystems and aquaculture.
Croatia and Slovenia, two neighboring countries located along the Adriatic coast, want to jointly focus more on innovation to support the digital and green transition of the maritime sector. In doing so, they rely on best practices from Flanders.
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 impact of the European 'Green Deal' is gradually becoming tangible at sea as well. In the BANOS project, stakeholders in the Baltic Sea and North Sea regions are taking concrete positive measures to restore our ocean and waters.
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.