Additionally, during the project’s lifetime, significant strides were made towards the establishment of an XRtraining lab for the Blue Economy in Ostend (The Reef) offering a wide range of possibilities to enhance the skills of employees working in the blue economy. This state-of-the-art training center will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies, including a windfarm control room, providing employees with a safe and immersive environment for training.
We also addressed the need for skilled labour in the future by involving young people. For example, Inn2POWER created an escape room experience to raise awareness among young individuals about the economic, ecological, and socio-economic advantages of the offshore wind industry. This initiative highlights educational paths such as STEM programmes in secondary education and career opportunities within the sector.
In addition, we engaged with the broader public to highlight the benefits of offshore wind energy. In Flanders, we commissioned two renowned cartoonists to create a series of cartoons featuring a popular Belgian comics figure, Cowboy Henk, humorously illustrating the advantages of wind turbines. These paintings were exhibited along the coastline.