Here you can find all the information you need about the projects of the Blue Cluster.
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.
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.
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. The project focuses 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 leading 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.
The North Sea offers a great variety of biological resources containing bioactive substances. This project is aimed at the discovery and characterisation of new bioactive substances that can be used for various applications in 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 tasty and high-quality algae products.