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SeaBioComp develops new ocean friendly composites for maritime industry

Added on: 2019-10-21
SeaBioComp is a new collaborative project launched earlier this summer. Aim is to develop and produce novel bio-based thermoplastic composite materials. In time, these could potentially replace the traditionally oil-based fiber-reinforced composites widely used in the maritime industry. The project also develops analytical protocols to evaluate the long-term durability of these new materials, and protocols to measure the reduced ecological impact on the marine environment. ...

Blue Accelator test platform near Oostende, Belgium as test lab for new developments in blue energy

Added on: 2018-05-11
With the approval of the Blue Accelerator project by the Flemish government, the starting shot was given to the development of a maritime test platform in the Belgian part of the North Sea, 500 meters outside the port of Ostend. This new innovation and development platform will serve as a 'living lab' to perform tests in the context of the expansion of Blue Energy projects (offshore wind energy, and wave and tidal energy) and the broader blue economy. After all, for the efficient research on technological developments it is extremely necessary to be able to scale up and test these in real-life sea conditions. The Blue Accelerator platform meets these needs of scientific institutions and maritime companies. ...

Go-ahead for new spearhead cluster on blue economy

Added on: 2018-04-20
The Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship agency gave the green light to a new spearhead cluster on "blue economy". This Blue Cluster must focus on partnerships between knowledge institutions, government institutions and companies, and develop innovative projects that appeal to the economic potential of our North Sea. VLIZ played its role as a contact point for the marine research landscape and was responsible for ensuring the scientific substantiation of the application. ...

Environmental impact of offshore wind farms

Added on: 2014-01-27
In November 2013 the international conference “Environmental impact of offshore wind farms: Learning from the past to optimise future monitoring programmes" was organised in RBINS in Brussels. On the webiste of the conference you can find now most of the presentations, pictures of the three days and the final report Winmon.be.