Annual Report 2016
Country Reports


Ludovic Mouffe, Julien De Rourck, Tim Verbrugghe University of Ghent

Since Belgium only has a moderate wave and tidal climate, the ocean energy activities are mainly focused on Research & Development rather than deploying commercial ocean energy systems.

However, because of the mild climate, the Belgian offshore zones can function as a testing platform for smaller scale prototypes. In the past, projects like FlanSea and Laminaria have tested device prototypes at the Harbour of Ostend. In 2016, no new test campaigns were performed, but there is an interest to extend the existing site with more infrastructures to be compatible with more device types for wave and tidal energy.