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Ostend Science Park and the Blue Economy

According to the European Commission, the Blue Economy comprises all activities that are linked to the water, the sea and the oceans.  It is a catch-all concept for a wide range of activities.  Some sectors are well established such as fisheries, offshore wind, port activities, shipbuilding, maritime transport and coastal tourism.  Emerging sectors are ocean energy, blue biotechnology, desalination, maritime defence and building with nature.  On top of that there is a horizontal sector called smart at sea (ocean technology)  covering the technologies applicable to these vertical sectors.

Take a deeper dive in the following subsectors:

  • Blue biotechnology and Aquaculture
  • Offshore energy
  • Smart at sea


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Blue biotechnology and aquaculture

Are you looking to establish a foothold in the rapidly growing field of aquaculture and blue biotechnology? Look no further than Ostend Science Park, home to University of Ghent’s renowned Blue Growth Research Lab. With a strong international reputation and a commitment to innovation, University of Ghent is a leader in this field. The expansion of the Blue Growth Research Lab in Bluebridge, Ostend Science Park, is a testament to this, providing businesses with access to cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art facilities.

But Ostend Science Park is not just about research, it’s also a place where innovation meets implementation. The arrival of an innovative aquaculture production plant near Ostend Science Park is a clear indication of the potential of this niche and the opportunities it offers. This new facility is a prime example of how businesses can take advantage of the latest technology and sustainable practices to produce high-quality seafood.

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Offshore energy

Are you a business looking to tap into the rapidly growing field of blue energy? Look no further than POM West-Vlaanderen and Port Oostend, two organizations that are strongly committed to this subsector. With the Factory for the Future Blue Energy team and the Blue Accelerator, our region is a leader in the development of new and innovative forms of ocean energy such as floating solar panels and floating wind energy.

Our region is also a pioneer in offshore wind, and with the Maritime Laboratory, businesses have access to cutting-edge test facilities that can help them test and refine their products and technologies. These facilities are located near Ostend Science Park (OSP) which is a perfect location to attract players active in the emerging forms of ocean energy.

If you’re looking to establish a presence in the blue energy sector, POM West-Vlaanderen and Port Oostend are the perfect partners to help you succeed. With our commitment to innovation and our world-class facilities, we can provide you with the resources and support you need to grow and thrive. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you establish a foothold in the blue energy sector and take advantage of the growing opportunities in this field.

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Smart @ sea

Are you seeking a location to expand your business in the dynamic field of smart at sea technology? Look no further than Ostend Science Park (OSP). Our initial tenants at OSP are trailblazers in this cutting-edge field, with companies such as GEOxyz utilizing remotely controlled or autonomous floating drones for data collection and e-Bo offshore remotely monitoring windfarms.

Our region boasts an abundance of resources and expertise in this field, with the Marine Robotics Center of Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the drone factory of Exail in Ostend. The Training Lab Blue Energy and the Blue Cluster are also dedicated to promoting advancements in drones and blue energy, providing businesses with access to the latest technology and training.

At OSP, you will be part of a community of like-minded businesses and experts, working together to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the smart at sea sector. With our world-class facilities and support services, we can assist you in taking your business to new heights. Don’t miss this opportunity to establish a presence in this rapidly growing field. Contact us today to learn more about leasing land at Ostend Science Park and start building your business in this innovative and exciting environment.

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