Working together towards a strong and innovative offshore energy value chain is central to our operation. It provides you with substantive support in research and development in the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sector.
The Innovative Business Networks (IBN), set up by Vlaio in early 2017, aims to create dynamism within a group of companies active in a specific domain or sector. IBN Offshore Energy is the cluster aimed at companies that market or sell products and/or services in the offshore energy sector. Large companies, SMEs, startups and R&D-intensive and innovation-aware organisations can all form part of this cluster.
Sirris coordinates this initiative and carries out the operation in close collaboration with UGent, VUB and Agoria.
Our mission consists of facilitating the process for our clients by which a concrete idea becomes a fully-realised project plan.
“We facilitate getting the idea off the back of an envelope and into a project plan”.
NB: The IBN is not, in principle, involved in the project execution itself unless the projects are continued with one of the IBN partners Sirris (OWI-Lab department), UGent, VUB or Agoria if these have the relevant and necessary knowledge, expertise or infrastructure
We focus on a number of themes that are relevant to companies operating in the cluster activity. We keep track of the market and technology developments within these themes and inform our members about the current RD&I calls. In addition, we facilitate matchmaking between members regarding these themes and look for opportunities for tackling mutual challenges and opportunities (cluster actions). We also look for international collaborations that would be useful to the cluster.
In addition, we also develop specific business topics provided by members whose topics do not fall within the foregoing.
In addition, as a member of the network, you will also receive:
Together with you, we turn ideas into concrete innovations!
IBN Offshore Energy started in early 2017 and runs, in principle, for 3 years.
Sirris is the coordinator of IBN Offshore Energy. In addition to this cluster project, Sirris supports OWI-Lab companies through specific research development & innovation themes. It can also rely on the unique testing, demonstration and measurement infrastructure set up by Sirris, in addition to a partner network and 140 multidisciplinary engineers and experts.Companies can keep up to date with the latest news from the IBN Offshore Energy Cluster through the OWI-Lab website and Sirris Blog.