Here you can find all the information you need about the projects of the Blue Cluster.
Seismic surveys have revealed clay tectonic deformations in the Belgian part of the North Sea. The Clay Tectonics project investigates to which extent these deformations should and can be taken into account in the construction of offshore wind farms off our coast.
The SiteSEA project partners aim to increase the profitability of onshore aquaculture in Flanders. They have two avenues in mind to achieve this: on the one hand, reduce the costs by using industrial residual flows, and on the other hand, generate additional income via blue tourism.
Smart WaterUse is a collective project to address the water risks and smartly manage water within the (marine) food, aquaculture, textile and tourism industries. The ultimate goal of the Smart WaterUse project is to enable companies to identify and address their water- and drought-related risks.
Businesses in the blue economy need useful and practical indicators to evaluate their impact and dependence on the marine ecosystem. The MEsP project is aimed at developing a tool that enables companies to assess their performances in connection with marine ecosystems.
Creating a good planning tool for maintaining wind farms is not easy, as the specific offshore weather conditions prevent the wind turbines from being accessible at all times. The OPAL project aims to gain more insight into the environmental factors in order to develop a new planning tool.
An offshore wind farm entails many maintenance costs. The partners within the SMARAGD project are developing an autonomous vessel to transport goods to and from the wind turbines. The aim is to reduce unnecessary costs.
The Interreg 2 Seas project FACET is committed to circular solutions and sustainable business models for entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. It specifically focuses on circular applications in accommodations, waste reduction and circular business operations.
This feasibility study forms the basis of the implementation of hydrogen as a clean fuel in marine shipping in Flanders, responding to two complex challenges: reducing shipping emissions and adapting port infrastructure to this reduction.
The partners in the SeaBioComp project aim to develop, produce and test new bio-based thermoplastic composite materials. Based on the test results, analytical protocols will be established to determine the long-term sustainability and evaluate the reduced ecological impact on the marine environment.
The WaveLake project aims to develop and validate a new technological concept for a safe underwater wave generator for surfers. The ultimate goal of the project is to ensure that surfing is possible all year round in a cost-effective way.
The drone sector is growing in Belgium and could potentially generate an annual turnover of 409 million euro and create 1,000 additional jobs by 2020. The Drone Innovations project responds to this growth by promoting co-creation and innovation in terms of drones.
A new generation of +8MW offshore wind turbines is being installed. Larger turbines are designed to increase the capacity of the individual turbines. Flanders is among the pioneers in this field. This project aims to use sophisticated operation and maintenance strategies to allow short-term identification of underperformance of turbines and to carry out predictive maintenance.