The following projects are currently being supported by the Blue Cluster:

Coastbusters 2.0

Coastbusters 2.0 will analyze best designs for optimal reef growth and create tailor-made sustainable concepts, best-practice standards and sustainable products for nature-inspired coastal protective systems. ​

Duration: February 2020 – September 2022
Focus area: coastal protection
Partners: DEME, Jan de Nul, Sioen, ILVO, Flanders Marine Institute

DATABEACH

DataBeach aims to provide disruptive improvements for soft coastal defense infrastructures that will enable a more efficient, sustainable design, as well as a quantitative basis for (re-)insurance solutions to storm-induced sand losses.

Duration: June 2019 – May 2021
Focus area: coastal protection
Partners: IMDC, Fluves, DEME, Vanbreda Risk & Benefits

BOPTIC

BOPTIC addresses the need of offshore wind developers and operators to reduce the Operational expenses of the Balance of Plant by developing innovative monitoring technologies for both cables and foundations, using emerging distributed optical sensing technologies.

Duration: July 2019 – July 2022
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: Marlinks, 24SEA, Com&Sens, IMDC, Laborelec, OCAS, Parkwind, Ghent University, VUB

MPVAQUA

This project aims to develop an innovative technology or product concept as well as know-how for an offshore marine floating PV (MFP) technology to generate electricity for aquaculture at the nearshore of the Belgian North Sea.

Duration: July 2019 – July 2022
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: Tractebel, DEME, Jan de Nul, Soltech, Ghent University

SMART–GBF

This project aims to develop inspection and monitoring strategies tuned for gravity based foundations in order to keep maintenance costs under control and potentially facilitate an extension of life. ​

Duration: April 2019 – April 2021
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners:  C-Power, 24SEA, Elsyca

SOIL-TWIN

This project wants to update current soil-structure interaction models based on finite element analysis, lab-experiments and measurements on Belgian offshore wind turbines. Ultimate goal is to bring down the levelized cost of electricity by optimizing the design of offshore monopiles and potentially expand the application of large diameter monopile foundations. ​

Duration: November 2019 – September 2022
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: VUB, Ghent University

Supersized 4.0

The Supersized 4.0 project will develop an integrated methodology for offshore windparks to quantify possible risks related to the underperformance and unplanned stand still caused by a breakdown. This will enable to implement predictive maintenance in an effective way.

Duration: January 2020 – December 2022
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: VUB, 24SEA, Citymesh, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Norther, Parkwind, Sirris

SWEET H2O

This feasibility study wants to evaluate whether central and/or decentral desalination using renewable energy offers possibilities as an additional water supply for Flanders and remote areas.

Duration: April 2019 – January 2020
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: De Watergroep, Pollet Water Group, Tiger Power

SSAVE

SSAVE (Shared Situational Awareness for Vessels) wants to improve interconnectivity and interoperability between assets in the maritime and inland waterway environment by allowing (in)direct communication between assets and providing inter-connectivity through distributed maritime digital twins (MDT).

Duration: October 2019 – December 2021
Focus area: maritime connection
Partners: IMEC, DEME, dotOcean, Tresco Engineering, KU Leuven, Royal Military Academy

BlueMarine³

BlueMarine3 zooms in on hatchery technology for different species groups (seaweed, mollusks and crustaceans) with special attention to local conditions in Flanders. Innovative ecosystem-based hatchery techniques will be developed, realizing synergies between species, infrastructure, rearing techniques and management.

Duration: October 2019 – December 2022
Focus area: sustainable seafood & blue biotech
Partners: Ghent University, Aquacultuur Oostende, Colruyt, DEME, Imaqua, Proviron, Sioen

PROBIO

PROBIO focuses on the biodiscovery and characterization of bioactive compounds originating from local North Sea species. The project also aims to stimulate new applications and markets for aquaculture, biorefinery and biotechnology through a value chain approach.

Duration: October 2019 – April 2022
Focus area: sustainable seafood & blue biotech
Partners: Flanders Marine Institute, KU Leuven, Ghent University, VIB

SYMAPA

SYMAPA investigates possible synergies between mariculture of mussels, oysters & seaweeds and passive fishery. The experimental research design, with its analysis of the possibilities of multiple spatial use, is quite unique.

Duration: October 2019 – September 2022
Focus area: sustainable seafood & blue biotech
Partners: Colruyt, At-Sea Nova, Brevisco, Flemish Fish Auction, ILVO, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Smart WaterUse

Smart WaterUse wants to tackle water risks and smart management of water within the industries of (sea)food, aquaculture, textiles and tourism. The ultimate goal is to enable companies to map out and address their water and drought related risks.

Duration: January 2020 – December 2022
Focus areas: sustainable seafood & blue biotech, blue tourism
Partners: Flanders' FOOD, Watercircle, Centexbel, VITO, Ghent University

MFiLand

This project analyzed the techno-economic feasibility of a multi-use island, applying an innovative “integrated, multi-use solution for multiple problems” approach instead of applying the common “single solution for single problem” approach in a marine and maritime context. ​

Duration: April 2019 – September 2019
Focus areas: coastal protection, offshore renewable energy, sustainable seafood & blue biotech, blue tourism
Partners: DEME, Econopolis, Jan de Nul, Sioen, University of Antwerp, Ghent University, VITO

D4PV@Sea

D4PV@Sea (Design for Public Value) aims at optimizing the economic return and public acceptance of an offshore infrastructure through the creation of a toolbox integrating the optimal techno-economic configuration with stakeholder management, climate and environmental reinforcement, unexplored aspects of blue tourism and innovative financial mechanisms.

Duration: October 2019 – July 2020
Focus areas: coastal defense, offshore renewable energy, sustainable seafood & blue biotech, blue tourism
Partners: DEME, Econopolis, Jan de Nul, ORG SQUARED