Patrick Cosemans
Bram Cloet

The NewSkin project aims to create an 'Open Innovation Test Bed' (OITB) to provide with technologies, resources and services to uptake a set of innovative processes to manufacture nano-enabled products, and the testing capabilities to demonstrate the features of nano-enhanced goods. During the project execution, there will be four open calls for companies to receive free access to OITB services. Sirris participates with its climate chamber with ice testing infrastructure for these show cases.

Bram Cloet

We all know that water freezes below 0 °C and that fuel cells can be impacted at such low temperatures. Lithium batteries performances are also affected. Nevertheless, the M110 Mobhyl Power from Powidian has successfully performed cold start tests at temperatures as low as -20 °C. For Sirris it was the first time to successfully facilitate a climate chamber test in which hydrogen was used.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

Not only chocolates and beers, but also our expertise and experience in offshore wind energy has now become a Belgian export product of worldwide fame. This will be demonstrated once again at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF), North America's leading conference on offshore wind energy, which will take place from 26 to 28 April. Sirris, as coordinator of OWI-Lab, is proud to be giving a keynote speech at this industry meeting.

Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz
Pieter Jan Jordaens

Ice formation causes many safety issues and other problems in our day-to-day work and the operation of machines. At Sirris, various experts have sought to improve our knowledge of atmospheric ice formation and to find ways to limit it. These activities form part of the COOCK Fighting Icing and NewSkin projects.

Walter Auwers
Pieter Jan Jordaens

On 17 February, six companies received the title of Factory of the Future on the occasion of the eighth edition of the Factory of the Future Awards. It is the initiator’s intention for the award to identify the most future-oriented manufacturing companies in Belgium. One of this year’s winners is ZF Wind Power, a wind turbine gearbox producer from Lommel.

Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz

Understanding behaviour and performance of drones in adverse weather and harsh flight environments is a prerequisite to developing meaningful test protocols for the validation and certification of these flying systems. An exploratory work investigates the development of a method for characterising the performance of propellers in laboratory icing conditions, as considered the most critical. This research was enabled by the use of a climatic chamber featuring an array of water nozzles that makes it possible to generate icing condition, in combination with a windshaper.

Bram Cloet
Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz

Icing poses many challenges and risks into our daily activities or to the operations of machinery. At Sirris we have been running activities to improve our knowledge on atmospheric icing events and to find icing mitigation. This work is part of the COOCK Fighting Icing and NewSkin projects.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

The analysis of the data of some 7,000 wind turbines has revealed the main problems causing downtime and, therefore, lost potential energy production when the wind turbine is out. Many of these problems can be solved or prevented.

Joey Bosmans

Moisture build-up and condensation can cause damage on a variety of surfaces. Moisture and condensation testing can prevent damage from mould, defects or discoloration of parts. What tests are there and what do they entail? We highlight them here for you.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

Belgian wind energy companies today enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide. They can count on the support from OWI-Lab, the innovation and knowledge platform with researchers and engineers from Sirris, VUB and UGent, founded 10 years ago now. The cross-fertilisation between the industry and the academic world turns out to be the key to the success of our Belgian companies.