Pieter Jan Jordaens

Even before the recent developments started to affect our energy supply, the Belgian government had decided to shift up a gear in the production of renewable energy. To this end, they are primarily considering to look at offshore wind in the Belgian North Sea. Technological innovation will play a major role and our response is the second edition of the Wind Energy Technology Summit in June.

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.

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.

Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz
Bram Cloet

As the weather gets colder, many systems, including aeroplanes and wind turbines, will again have to contend with the effects of lower temperatures, winter precipitation and ice formation. We recently published that temperatures and icing are among the ten most common problems leading to wind turbine failure. Recent developments could change this, saving costs and effort in multiple sectors.

Bart Teerlinck

Due to their location at sea, offshore installations are subject to an exceptionally high level of corrosion. On 2 December Sirris is organising the masterclass 'Corrosion solutions for offshore renewable energy devices', which will cover the challenge of corrosion in offshore renewable energy and targets a broad audience from the entire offshore value-chain, including problem owners, solution providers, O&M companies and research institutes. Six speakers will give a presentation.

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.

Bart Teerlinck

Due to their location at sea, offshore installations are subject to an exceptionally high level of corrosiveness. No surprise this is a hot topic on the masterclass 'Corrosion solutions for offshore renewable energy devices'. Specialist in the field Hendrik Müller will give a brief overview of the condition of corrosion protection systems on offshore wind turbines, while C-Cube will explain how its EIS based measurement can be used to keep track of the quality of coatings. Sirris will give an insight into the current state of the art, techniques for monitoring and the road ahead.

Bart Teerlinck

On 2 December Sirris is organising the masterclass 'Corrosion solutions for offshore renewable energy devices', which will cover the challenge of corrosion in offshore renewable energy and targets a broad audience from the entire offshore value-chain, including problem owners, solution providers, O&M companies and research institutes. Six speakers will give a presentation. In this blogpost we will give you a glimpse of three.

Bram Cloet

In 2021, Fairwind - a Belgian company that designs and manufactures vertical axis wind turbines - performed climatic environmental tests on a 50 kW-Polar-Version-Wind Turbine prototype inside the Large Climatic Test Chamber at OWI-Lab, Sirris. Those tests were conducted to verify, at very low temperatures, the proper behaviour of its full-scale Polar-Version central shaft.

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.