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.

Thomas Vandenhaute

Every year, European public authorities spend about 14% of their GDP on public procurement at a local, regional, national and European level. This amounts to more than EUR 1.9 trillion. Governments are moving towards integrating circular principles into their tenders. We, the manufacturing industry, had better make use of this lever. There are lots of opportunities to find here, but also some uncertainties.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

A series of online lectures organised by the Belgian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on 10 May will look into offshore wind and solar energy, and how it is reshaping the renewable energy scene. The panel discussion "Hot and Windy: on the future of our energy" will take place in this context, with the participation of Sirris.

Thomas Vandenhaute

Be inspired by circular frontrunners at 'RE-VALUE - Realizing circularity in the tech industry! Various testimonials and a panel discussion will teach you how other companies are moving towards a circular economy. They will show you that it is more than just recycling. For many products, the reuse, repair, refurbishing, remanufacturing or repurposing offers potential for preserving value and reducing environmental impact. Don't miss these testimonials from the inner circles of the circular economy!

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.

Thomas Vandenhaute

The circular economy is more than just recycling. Reuse, repair, upgrading, remanufacturing and repurposing indeed offers great potential for preserving the value and reducing the environmental impact of products. The inner circles of the circular economy have long remained under the radar. Manufacturing companies also tend to struggle with the complexity of exploring these options, including with how to put it all into practice. A new project has now come to their rescue.

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.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

From 2 to 4 November Bruges will be hosting the 2022 EAWE PhD, expecting to welcome over 100 PhD researchers from all over Europe, interested in key-talks and presentations on wind energy. The organisation lies with the PhairywinD PhD group, nine Belgian early-stage researchers focusing on offshore wind energy. Sirris is partner in the PhairywinD consortium.