Blue21 present at Volvo Ocean Race Finish

Blue21 is going to be present at the Innovation Pavilion at Volvo Ocean Race Finish in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 28th and 29th of June, 2018. For the first time, The Hague is organising the Volvo Ocean Race Finish, one of the biggest and most innovative sports event in the world. The Innovation Pavilion, which is a part of the Race Village, will give leading start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs the opportunity to present their innovations in the field of a maritime and sustainable environment. The festival will be held at Scheveningen harbor, where sailors, innovative entrepreneurs and the public will gather to witness and celebrate for the finale of the event, network and learn about innovations for a sustainable future. Blue21 will be present and introduce to you how we vision of solving 21st century urban challenges with sustainable development on water. Together with our our sister/brother company, Indymo, which does environmental monitoring under water, we welcome you to come and have a chat with us at the pavilion.

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Opportunities for coastal cities

Blue21 architect, Barbara Dal Bo Zanon, and co-founder, Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther, gave a presentation at Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) on 29th of May, on the topic of Floating production of energy and food as opportunity for coastal circular cities. They explained how we could close the carbon and nutrient cycles and enhance resilience of coastal delta cities by introducing floating development. Barbara firstly presented her paper published in the Journal of Cleaner Production in 2017, and continued to explain how we came to design concepts and brought floating projects to realisation based on our research findings. Examples given included the Floating Pavilion in Rotterdam and the sustainable Floating Island Project in French Polynesia.

Working on 21st century challenges at Blue Forum

Blue21 co-founder, Karina Czapiewska was invited to give a presentation about Blue Revolution at the Blue Week Event held by the Blue Forum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 28th of May.  In the presentation, Karina introduced 21st century urban challenges that we are facing all over the world and gave figures on the landmass that we will need in the future to meet the energy and food demand of the growing population. She then introduced how floating development has the potentials to reach these demands while contributing to ecological benefits and human well-fare. A number of realised and on-going floating projects that are being carried out by Blu21 have also been presented, demonstrating the global interests and market for sustainable development on water. In addition to two other colleagues from Blue21 who also joined the event, Clarissa Sander and Fen-Yu (Vicky) Lin, one of the co-founders from Blue Frontiers, Egor Ryjikov, was also present to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs and experts from the offshore marine industry.

Floating development in the North Sea?

The co-founder of the innovative companies, Blue21, DeltaSync and Indymo, Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther, gave a presentation about Blue Revolution in the annual symposium organised by Het Waterbouwdispuut at his alma mater, Delft University of Technology, on May 24th. The theme of the symposium for this year is “North Sea Power.” Guest speakers gave presentations in terms of challenges and possibilities of building in the North Sea, including offshore energy, ecological restoration and floating cities. Rutger introduced how floating development could be viewed as a transition management strategy to tackle energy, food and space demands. He gave examples that can help close nutrients cycles in coastal cities such as algae-based floating development, and stressed how illustrated knowledge exchange and cooperation from different fields can result in an integrated solution for large-scale global problems such as climate change and urbanisation. For more information about the event, see:

(Photo credit: Het Waterbouwdispuut from TU Delft)

Blue21 hosts workshop at Symposium “Which Future?! Rethinking State” in Berlin

Sunday 22 April Blue21 will host a workshop on floating cities as part of the Two Day Symposium “Which Future?! Rethinking State” organized by the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. During the symposium questions will be explored such as: Do we want full employment or full automation? Do we need an unconditional basic income? Do we want the state to be more or less involved in our lives?

During this two-day event, members of the public will be able to participate in workshops to develop scenarios for a future state and ways of working. Rutger de Graaf, co-founder of Blue21 will explore in a workshop how floating cities can be an experimentation environment for new technologies and new types of government. Another workshop will be hosted by our partner Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute. For more information check:

The Floating Island Project: Building Beyond Sustainability

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia from Blue Frontiers has joined our team during two and a half weeks and wrote an amazing article about her experiences!

Moreover, she perfectly addresses how we, at Blue21, are developing a design strategy for seasteads to help restore the marine environment underneath the platforms, going beyond sustainability. Or as our Bart Roeffen (lead architect of the Floating Island Project) states:

“We need to go from sustainability to restoration because sustainability is not sustainable.”

Please read Nathalie’s full article here!

Blue21 keynote speaker at MARIN ‘The Floating Future’ Seminar

On Wednesday, March 7th, Karina Czapiewska will represent Blue21 during the MARIN seminar on ‘The Floating Future’ where she will be presenting on the development of floating cities.

As stated on MARIN’s website, there is an increasing interest in floating mega islands, to be used as energy islands, floating ports, farms or floating cities. First research has shown that in view of large mooring forces and strict motion requirements, designing these islands can be quite a challenge.

During the seminar ‘The Floating Future’ MARIN want to address the different applications within specific projects and the possible start of an open innovation for the development of floating islands. Besides attendants will have the unique opportunity to experience the floating island tests at MARIN!



Netherlands: Newly created consortium to develop floating PV

The consortium, which has received funding from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), is formed by Waterschap Rivierland, Blue 21 BV, Hakkers BV and TU Delft.

Waterschap Rivierland, the water authority of the Dutch provincies of Zuid-Holland, Gelderland, Noord-Brabant and Utrecht, has joined forces with Dutch companies Blue21 and Hakkers NV, and with the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) unit of Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to develop a new floating PV technology dubbed Innozowa.

The consortium, which is also being financially supported by the government-run Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), aims to develop a flexible design of floating solar panels on inland waters and make optimal use of the available surface area, “all at a competitive price”.

Waterschap Rivierland said that the water-rich Netherlands, which has around 52,000 hectares of shallow inland water, offers a huge potential for floating PV applications.

The first pilot project, the agency went on to say, will be implemented at a water reservoir in Weurt, near the town of Nijmegen in the province of Gelderland. “With the results of this pilot project, we expect to have sufficient data and experience to further scale up the plan,” Waterschap Rivierland stressed.

Construction on Netherlands’ first floating PV plant started in September. The project is being developed at the port of Rotterdam by Dutch water management agency Rijkswaterstaat, which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Rijkswaterstaat announced in March it intended to make water surfaces and other land under its control available for the installation of PV and other renewable energy power plants.


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