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Blue Energy, The Power of Water, Ghent University

Around the world, governments and companies are increasingly looking to the water to find solutions for shortages in food, resources and energy. Wave and tidal energy is an emerging source of energy with a huge potential. However, the current market of wave energy is not consolidated at all, with lots of concepts and devices running the race. Big challenges are: what type of concept to use in which conditions, how to increase the energy yield, how to increase robustness, how to operate devices in a farm layout, ...
Ghent University's main research and innovation activities relate to wave energy converter concepts, floting body behaviour, wave impact simulation, wave farm simulation, power-take-off design, and energy resource analysis. Our researchers can rely on a steady flow of project funding, state-of-the-art equipment (such as a wave-simulation tank), and a close collaborative network of internal and external partners.

The research activities on blue energy are part of the Blue Growth cluster of Ghent University: the university has brought together its marine and maritime research activities at its Ostend science park, GreenBridge, to get the most out of its expertise in oceans and seas. The cluster is named after a long-term EU strategy in which seas and oceans are identified as key drivers for the economy because of their potential for sustainable innovation and growth. At the GreenBridge site, a number of research domains converge: blue energy, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, seabed mining and coastal defense. Their unique location by the sea enables applied research in these domains. With three-quarters of maritime and marine research in Flanders being done by Ghent University, the Ostend science park will become an even more concentrated research center in the future.



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