Here you can find all the information you need about the projects of the Blue Cluster.
The design of monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines still shows significant differences with actual in-situ measurements. The stiffness of the soil cannot be estimated correctly based on current soil calculation models. This project aims to develop calculation models that give results consistent with in-situ measurements and can explain the geotechnical response of the soil.
The aim of the BlueMarine³.Com project is to expand knowledge on hatchery technology for various groups of species (seaweed, molluscs and crustaceans). Innovation is actively pursued in both biological and technological aspects, with a strong focus on developing synergies and integration between species, infrastructure, cultivation techniques and management, a so-called ‘integrated multispecies approach’.
SYMAPA (Synergy between Mariculture & Passive Fisheries)
SYMAPA aims to investigate possible synergies between mariculture of mussels, oysters and seaweeds, as well as passive fisheries. The experimental design studying the possibilities of multiple spatial use is unique in the world.
Hydrogen is THE energy carrier of the future and can be used to store energy surpluses from offshore wind farms. The INTENSSE-H2 project investigates the possibility of producing hydrogen from seawater according to an innovative concept integrating water treatment and electrolysis.
Currently, the European aquaculture sector heavily relies on rope that cannot be recycled. BIOGEARS therefore aims to offer a sustainable alternative by developing biodegradable rope. Local composting facilities will be able to process this new type of rope.
PROBIO (PROspection for BIOactive compounds in the North Sea)
The marine environment offers a great variety of biological resources containing bioactive substances. This project is aimed at the biodiscovery and characterisation of new bioactive substances derived from local North Sea species. Through a value chain approach, the project simultaneously aims to stimulate new applications and markets for aquaculture, biorefinery and biotechnology.
Seaweeds and microalgae will make a major contribution to the global food supply by 2050. In order to stimulate innovation in the sector, ValgOrize aims to create an open platform for the sustainable production of algae products. They need to be tasty and of high quality to meet the standards of the European market.
ELBE Plus - European Leaders of Blue Energy
The ELBE+ project focuses on wave and tidal energy, as well as floating offshore wind energy. Seven European clusters, including Blue Cluster, join forces to select growth markets in blue energy and bring out business opportunities.
BOPTIC (Monitoring of offshore power cables and foundations by Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing)
The overall aim of the project is to develop and implement optical monitoring technologies (with a focus on installation techniques and analysis methods of the resulting output) to contribute to smart cables and foundations of offshore wind farms.
ENCORE (ENergizing Coastal Regions with Offshore Renewable Energy)
The North Sea has great potential as a sustainable energy source. The partners in the ENCORE project are investigating how we can tap into this energy source to further develop coastal areas, and are committed to the further development of innovative technologies.
MPVAQUA (Marine floating PV)
The MPVAqua project is an industrial research project into innovative marine floating photovoltaic (MFPV) technologies within offshore electricity production concepts in a harsh marine environment. The end result will be a generic concept that can be adapted to specific wave climates and environments.
BluERA (Blue Energy Resource Assessment)
BluERA aims to improve the understanding of how a number of different technologies for ocean energy react to the variability of the energy source. Moreover, the project will provide important data for risk assessments that will help promotors and investors select potential technologies.