The Belgian offshore wind zone is expanding, with 2.2 GW already installed and brand new zones being tendered. To ensure our place as frontrunners of wind energy in Europe and to stay on the forefront of technology trends and scientific advances, our industry needs a strong academic home base. And that is exactly what the PhairywinD project is all about: establishing a close community of nine PhD researchers from different Belgian knowledge institutes by creating an innovative training network in order to tackle the current and future challenges of the Belgian offshore wind energy sector. 

These nine researchers all study their own dedicated subjects, ranging from legal issues to design optimisation and wind-wave prediction for vessel operations to high-spectral imaging for nondestructive testing and improved meteorology, and much more. What sets this multi-disciplinary and intersectoral training and research project apart is its connectivity, connecting nine Belgian knowledge institutions on the topic of offshore wind on the one hand, and linking key industrial players with Belgian research partners on the other hand. This way, once the new Belgian offshore wind zones are underway, Belgian academic support, knowledge and input will be guaranteed. 

The PhairywinD project is funded by the Energy Transition Fund of FPS Economy, runs for five years and hosts 10 partners. Ghent University leads the consortium. Sirris is responsible  for data exchange and the international approach. 


The PhairywinD project is financially supported by FPS Economy, as a fundamental research project within the Energy Transition Fund (project call 2019 - duration of project 01.03.20 – 28.02.2025)
More information on our PhairywinD website or Twitter.

Single point of contact: Marijke Mahieu, Ghent University, Project coordinator,  +32 (0)485 68 52 47