Expecting the unexpected’ was a hard lesson Texas had to learn last week, when it was hit by extreme cold weather conditions. What can such occurrences and the global risk report 2021 teach us for the future?

What about the future residual flow from offshore wind turbine blades? After a feasibility study and thorough consultation with various companies, Sirris is ready to take further steps towards concrete answers in a business-driven approach. You too can be part of the solution!

Developments of renewable energy sources, such as ocean energy, can be accelerated if companies and research organisations work together. The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), in which OWI-Lab/Sirris is a partner, seeks to build and foster such collaborations through Collaborative Innovation Groups (CIGs). One CIG, focussing on corrosion monitoring, has recently been launched, and we need your input!

The Fighting Icing project is translating the state-of-the-art knowledge and solutions to detect, prevent and mitigate icing problems in various applications to structured and concrete methodologies for implementation. During a webinar on 26 November you will be given an overview of icing risks in different sectors.

Products developed for operations in harsh environments can truly benefit from innovation in sustainable design and materials. On 22 October Sirris will organise a webinar focusing on different challenging situations where the right choice in material and design can make or break your product.

The fight against corrosion is a major cost driver, especially in harsh environments such as the North Sea. The NeSSIE project has been and is still contributing in this fight through the development of three demonstration projects for anti-corrosion solutions, focussed on offshore renewable energy (ORE) devices.

Corrosion and fouling are two major problems affecting all commercial activities in a maritime environment. Assets degrade and need continuous monitoring and maintenance to avoid large scale problems. On 1 April, The Antwerp Maritime Academy organises it’s 2nd International Symposium on Corrosion and Fouling to address these issues and talk about the most recent developments in the field of protection against corrosion and fouling.

A Danish company develops robots to maintain and repair the blades of offshore wind turbines. In this way, a lot of time and money can be saved. Other robots can also be used for offshore applications.

Earlier this year, WindEurope - the voice of the European wind industry - interviewed Pieter Jan Jordaens of OWI-Lab. You can read the highlights of this interview below.

Despite their relatively long life cycle, the usage time of composites does not last forever. Certainly for larger composite constructions we have to take the life cycle into account. To find solutions for the processing of large composite structures, Sirris (SLC-Lab and OWI-Lab) together with Agoria and Go4cCircle launched the feasibility study CompositeLoop.