ABOUT US

Our Story

Marlinks originated from the companies Fluves and Parkwind, when they decided to combine their knowhow and experience in cable monitoring in a new joint-venture. Fluves developed its technique of continuous burial depth measurement during a research project on onshore measurement. As the tool evolved, they noticed it would also be applicable in the offshore industry. Fluves started scanning several offshore wind developpers for collaboration, and Parkwind immediately recognized the value of this innovative technique. They decided to join forces in a mutual research project: to investigate the use of the same technique for offshore power cables, and thus disruptively improving the risk monitoring in offshore wind operating. The program turned out to be successful, so a joint-venture was launched to commercialize the project results: Marlinks was born.

Multidisciplinary team

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Roel Vanthillo

Managing Director

Roel Vanthillo is an industrial engineer and has extensive experience in the offshore wind industry. Before joining Fluves in 2015, he worked for DEME, Cofely Fabricom and Egemin. At DEME Roel took part in the construction of the very first Belgian wind farm C-Power. At Cofely Fabricom he was involved in Belwind (Belgium), Amrumbank-West (Germany) and Butendiek (Germany) as project manager for the low voltage systems of offshore substations. Roel has a broad knowledge of offshore monitoring techniques and the requirements such systems demand.

Roel.vanthillo@marlinks.com
+32 473 98 61 30


Tim Mannaerts

Thomas Van Hoestenberghe

Technology Manager

Thomas Van Hoestenberghe has over 15 years of experience in hydraulic and geotechnical monitoring and modeling techniques in Belgium and abroad. He is a bio-engineer specialized in soil and water management, with a bonus background in law and electronics.

 

Thomas holds an MBA from Vlerick and is the managing director of Fluves. He is currently leading the VLAIO R&D project, further developing the Marlinks technology.

Thomas.vanhoesteberghe@marlinks.com
+32 470 19 35 50


Thomas Van Hoestenberghe

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Tim Mannaerts

Operations Manager

Tim Mannaerts is a bio-engineer and has extensive experience in marine construction projects. As the O&M Civil Team Lead at Parkwind, Tim is also responsible for all subsea power cable assets. He has an excellent understanding of the needs and wishes of our customers and he will manage the entire process: Tim navigates from tendering over execution to implementation of the Marlinks system with our customers.

Tim.mannaerts@marlinks.com
+32 472 48 81 99


Roel Vanthillo

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Our Investors

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Fluves

Fluves offers innovative monitoring solutions to optimize water and energy management. Using sensor networks and fiber optic systems, we can monitor industrial and environmental processes on several thousand checkpoints. Our versatile team combines expertise in hydraulics, geology, electro-mechanics and IT.

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Parkwind

As a 360 degrees company, Parkwind develops, finances, builds and operates offshore wind farms. Today we operate 552MW in the Belgian territorial waters and manage a pipeline of 554MW offshore in Belgium and Ireland. Parkwind aims to contribute to the European climate and energy policy goals by combining all offshore wind energy activities of Colruyt Group, Korys and PMV.

Job Positions

Data Analyst

DATA ANALYST

Job Function

  • Performing data analysis on our datasets
  • Programming of scrips to automatically evaluate the data
  • Setup of automatic import and export of data
  • Interpretation and reporting of results for our different projects on fixed intervals
  • Cooperating with tenders and the general development of data analysis within Marlinks

Your Profile

  • Master degree with a strong focus on statistics
  • Experience with the analysis of large amount of data, interest in artificial intelligence
  • Basic knowledge of thermal processes or a general knowledge of offshore power cables is an added value but not a necessity
  • At least three years experience with the use of software for data analysis such as Matlab, R or Python
  • Affinity with cleantech energy related topics, preferably offshore wind power
  • Strong command of English, both written and spoken

Our Offer

Besides offering you an exciting technical function and a competitive salary, we are offering you the opportunity to become part of the core team of our young and ambitious company. Interested? Let us know on Roel.vanthillo@marlinks.com . We’ll contact you soon! Position is available in our Ghent office, Belgium.

ICT engineer

ICT ENGINEER

Job Function

  • Design of database architecture
  • Design and organize automatic import and export of data
  • Implement algorithms (Matlab, R, Java, Python, C++) to automate data processing tasks
  • Create and analyse complex time series
  • Organize data visualisation in Web based applications

Your Profile

  • Master of Electronics and ICT, Informatics, Industrial Sciences or similar by experience
  • 5+ years of experience in software development
  • Experience with Matlab, R, Python and relational databases is required, preferably also GIS-software
  • Experience with Java, C++, and WEBGIS development (Geoserver, Django) is a plus
  • Affinity with cleantech energy related topics, preferably offshore wind power
  • Strong command of English, both written and spoken

Our Offer

Besides offering you an exciting technical function and a competitive salary, we are offering you the opportunity to become part of the core team of our young and ambitious company. Interested? Let us know on Roel.vanthillo@marlinks.com . We’ll contact you soon! Position is available in our Ghent office, Belgium.

Thermal engineer

THERMAL ENGINEER

Job Function

  • Conduct applied research relating to thermal management of high voltage offshore power cables
  • Use numerical and experimental techniques to analyze and validate findings
  • Calculations for electrical and thermal performance of the cable system including current carrying capacity, overload, induced voltages, short-circuit currents, impedances, etc.
  • Accurately predict thermal performance of HVAC and HVDC cables in different subsea conditions
  • Define, guide and execute thermal experiments to characterize thermal materials, components and systems.
  • Analyze thermal test data and use them for analytical and numerical modeling

Competencies

  • Master in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline, complemented by demonstrable expertise in the field of thermal engineering and computational modeling. A Ph.D. is preferred.
  • An excellent understanding of fluid mechanics (mass and momentum conservation), heat transfer and mass transport (diffusion, convection and reactions).
  • Experience with finite element methods is required, by preference Computational Fluid
  • Experience with system identification
  • Dynamics and multiphysics analysis.
  • Affinity for measurement techniques (by preference fiber optic such as Distributed Temperature Sensing) and experimental set-ups, both design & execution
  • Affinity with cleantech energy related topics, preferably offshore wind power
  • Strong command of English, both written and spoken

Our Offer

Besides offering you an exciting technical function and a competitive salary, we are offering you the opportunity to become part of the core team of our young and ambitious company. Interested? Let us know on Roel.vanthillo@marlinks.com . We’ll contact you soon!

Position is available in our Ghent office, Belgium.

Electrical High-Voltage engineer

Electrical High-Voltage engineer

Job Function

  • Conduct applied research relating to the real time thermal rating high voltage offshore power cables
  • Use numerical and experimental techniques to analyze and validate findings
  • Calculations for electrical and thermal performance of the cable system including current carrying capacity, overload, induced voltages, short-circuit currents, impedances, etc.
  • Accurately predict thermal performance of HVAC and HVDC cables in different subsea conditions
  • Analyse requirements and specifications with regards to real-time thermal rating of our customers and advise on the implementation in our software.
  • Perform data-analysis to compare our rating models with the IEC 60853
  • Follow-up on new evolutions within the offshore wind energy market and assess the implications for our products (e.g. switch from HVAC to HVDC)

Competencies

  • Master degree in Engineering, preferably in electrical or electromechanical engineering. A PhD in a related field is an asset.
  • First experience with activities related to the development and the operation of electricity networks and power plants.
  • Experience with IEC 60287 and IEC 60853
  • Experience with HVDC projects is a plus.
  • Profound knowledge in power system computations (in both static and dynamic conditions), modeling and state estimation is an asset.
  • Practical knowledge of specific computing tools.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial, innovative and proactive, client-oriented and result driven
  • Very good team-spirit and well organized, stress resistant and able to work with deadlines
  • Analytical and abstract reasoning

Our Offer

Besides offering you an exciting technical function and a competitive salary, we are offering you the opportunity to become part of the core team of our young and ambitious company. Interested? Let us know on Roel.vanthillo@marlinks.com . We’ll contact you soon!

Position is available in our Ghent office, Belgium.

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