Below you can find all projects currently being supported by Blue Cluster.
An overview of previously completed projects can be found here.


The goal of the RAINBOW project is to better understand erosion of wind turbine blades due to precipitation. This will generate new possibilities for preventive maintenance and better operation, inspection, maintenance and repair strategies.

Duration: January 2021 – December 2023
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: Otary, Norther, Engie Laborelec, VKI, VUB, Sirris and SABCA 


H2MHYTIC engages in pioneering research to develop a new generation of Hydroxyl Exchange Membrane (HEM) based electrolysers that facilitate energy storage in hydrogen in a profitable manner.​

Duration: January 2021 – December 2023
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: IMEC, VITO and UGent


CORDOBA aims at developing an optimisation model for designing offshore grids, drawing up a coordinated control model for hybrid offshore connections and assessing the impact of system design on grid support services.​

Duration: January 2021 – December 2023
Focus area: offshore renewable energy
Partners: Elicio, Marlinks, Yuso, Enersynt, KUL


WaveLake strives for new wave generation technology that supports very careful manipulation of the generated wave profiles and allows surfing throughout the year.

Duration: July 2020 – December 2022
Focus area: blue tourism
Partners: AllWaves, Vapo Hydraulics and Lakeside Paradise 

Drone Innovations

The Drone Innovations project attempts to bring together and expand individual drone hub initiatives in West Flanders into a province-wide drone port as well as set up additional drone activities in the area.

Duration: March 2020 – December  2022
Focus area: Smart Sea
Partners: POM West Flanders, VIVES, VITO, Blue Cluster and Flanders Make (EUKA)

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

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

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


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


BlueMarine3.Com 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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