Solutions - Our Oceans Challenge
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Grande Finale

During the second Our Oceans Challenge cycle, over 750 participants, consisting of entrepreneurs, offshore experts and individual ocean enthusiasts have contributed to a total of 161 ideas. After selection and acceleration, the top 15 solutions as described below have been pitched by the idea owners to industry leaders, potential investors and the public during the Grande Finale on June 15th at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam.

Solutions of the 2016/2017 cycle

In 2014 Our Oceans Challenge started the first cycle to share and enrich ideas towards cleaner and healthier oceans. In 2016 the second cycle was launched and ocean enthusiast were invited to help solve the following challenges:


  • Noise mitigation – How can noise nuisance offshore be decreased?
  • Waste management – How can the offshore industry help to stopping pollution and cleaning our oceans?
  • Big data – How can the power of big data contribute to a sustainable offshore industry?
  • Ocean Resources – How can be exploit the ocean resources in a sustainable way?
  • Sustainable Legacy – How can you add value by (re-) using existing offshore infrastructure?
  • BME

    Blue Motion Energy

    Blue Motion Energy offers affordable renewable energy from waves, tides and wind, highly efficient and reliable The technology is tested at the LAB in Delft and validated by Ghent University The const...

  • BenthicMetals

    Deepsea Mineral Extraction

    Seafloor hydrothermal vents emit an inexhaustible stream of ‘smoke’ that is rich in copper, gold and other important metals. Benthic Metals will deploy ‘filter pots’ over these vents to separate the m...

  • DNABarcoding

    DNA Barcoding

    CSI-North Sea All life leaves traces in the water, including DNA. By measuring DNA in water samples and comparing this with a reference database, it is possible to demonstrate the presence or absence ...

  • Generative design 2

    Generative Design

    Imagine having total freedom of design. Create anything and everything you like, whilst using artificial intelligence to optimize your design and then pressing a button to 3D print your creation. That...

  • JellyBots

    Jelly Bots

    I bet you have your phone with you. I bet you work on some sort of computer almost daily. I bet you use electronic devices. Every. Single. Day. These devices have a humongous impact on the environment...

  • BigData

    Maritime Big Data Committee

    90 % of all global data was collected last year, yet only 1% was used. It is clear action is needed. Not using data already collected is a waste and loss of the opportunity to discover the Maritime In...

  • Generative_design_big

    Offshore Charge Points

    How great it would be if we could use the renewable energy generated offshore directly on vessels sailing by these energy sources? The idea is to develop Offshore Charge Points and/or Harbor Charge Po...

  • Seaweed

    Offshore Seaweed Farming

    Seaweed is a versatile product: Consumption, Feed, Cosmetics, Bio-fuel Increasing world population → More seaweed is required Scale-up sustainable production in the Netherlands → Offshore Seaweed Farm...



    World’s alternative power sources are wind, sun and water. All 3 needed. Wind and Solar ongoing. Next step Tidal Power Generation with the technology of RONAMIC. Like a revolving door, that generates ...

  • ScrewPiles2

    Screw Piles

    Screw Piles for offshore use are an alternative to   industry standard driven skirt piles. By screwing piles instead of using a heavy duty hammer, underwater noise is virtually eliminated. Additional ...

  • Sol2Fas


    Use this Bubble to describe your idea. Make sure you explain WHY this idea is important. In other words, the need that is solved by your idea. Also describe your advantages and the partners you work w...

  • GBB

    The Great Bubble Barrier

    80.000 million ton of plastic flows into our ocean each year, with devastating effects on marine ecosystems and humans. We believe plastic waste can be caught before it reaches the oceans with no litt...

  • WasteMarket

    Waste Market

    Waste management and collection is a complex and costly task for the offshore industry. Companies currently pay waste collectors to collect and take care of all their undesired output materials. There...

  • WaveParasite


    The WaveParasite is a floating structure moored around a monopile that harvests wave energy. It exploits the available infrastructure of existing offshore wind farms to bring additional energy to shor...

  • ZShips


    Zero Fossil Fuel, Zero Emissions MARITIME TRANSPORTATION with ZShips Maritime transport is crucial but uses large amounts of fossil fuels & heavily pollutes the environment ZShips retrofits ships,...




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