In 2019, DEME together with Econopolis nv, Tractebel Engineering nv/sa and University of LiègeIn 2019, DEME together with Econopolis nv, Tractebel Engineering nv/sa and University of Liègejoined forces in a study on the potential of energy islands off the Belgian coast. Future energydevelopments off the coast represent an important driver of the blue growth in Belgium and promotestherefore the energy transition to achieve our ambitious climate goals in 2030 and 2050.

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Software for analyzing the impact of ships on offshore wind turbines and maritime and river structures.

The evaluation of the consequences linked to the collision of boats on offshore wind turbines as well as on river and maritime infrastructures, such as lock gates, has become a necessary step in order to have the required authorizations to install / build them ( see impact study). This is not formally a legal or regulatory obligation, but a requirement imposed in the specifications.

In addition, such studies require the use of specific and powerful tools to quickly assess hundreds / thousands of scenarios. Current tools (nonlinear finite element software) require too much time. On the contrary, the superelements method allows such analyzes to be carried out in a few minutes, hence the possibility of dealing with a large number of scenarios. The objective is therefore to propose the industrialization of this method by putting on the market user-friendly software, which will be used (services) by DN&T, SNE, AC&CS.

Supervisor : Prof.Philippe Rigo

Researchers : SARA EcheverryMarquez LucasWarnotte Renaud

Funding :  RW - GREENWIN - Plan MARSHAL: 2021-2023

Partners DN&T, SBE, AC&CS (CRM), HELMO


Total project duration

Start of project:  January 2021

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Preparing a strong academic team to support the current and future Belgian offshore wind energy sector

Press release – Ostend – 02.07.20

Belgium is one of the frontrunners of offshore wind energy in Europe, with 2.2 GW already installed and new wind energy zones planned. To make sure we keep this position and to support our industry with the latest technology trends, scientific advances and innovative ideas, we need a strong academic home base. This is exactly what the PhairywinD project is offering.

Our Belgian offshore wind zones are already well established, with the last zone (Seamade) currently under development. A second big zone is foreseen in the new Marine Spatial Plan, covering the Fairybank, Noordhinder Zuid & Noordhinder Noord, and is expected to be developed from 2024 onwards, putting Belgium even more on the European offshore wind map. The PhairywinD project will run for 5 years and sits exactly in the middle of these two big waves of Belgian offshore wind development.

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MAXWind – MAintenance, Inspection and EXploitation Optimization of Offshore Wind Farms subjected to Corrosion-Fatigue
Number of partners: 4
Coordinator: University of Ghent
Project type: Fundamental research
Start date: 01/03/2020
Duration: 4 years
Budget: 2.222.915 €
Funded by the Energy Transition Fund (ETF)






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Professor Jeom Kee Paik FREng

Professor of Safety Design and Engineering at Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department, Pusan National University and Distinguished Professor of Marine Technology, University College London.

Jeom Kee Paik is Director of the Korea Ship and Offshore Research Institute, which has been a Lloyd’s Register Foundation Research Centre of Excellence since 2008. Professor Paik has made outstanding contributions to international maritime community. He is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Ships and Offshore Structures journal.

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