Horizon 2020 project Space@Sea is taking the next step of creating a floating island for various marine applications.
The consortium of 17 European partners aims to provide a sustainable and affordable workspace at sea by developing a standardised and cost-efficient modular island with low ecological impact.
Offshore specialists will contribute to design a shared mooring solution in combination with a remote monitoring and sensing system to reduce installation and maintenance costs.
“The three-year project can be regarded as a success if the modular design of the multi-use platform has successfully been validated in a relevant environment at model scale”, said project coordinator Maarten Flikkema from Marin.
Space@Sea will study the most suitable shape of the floaters to minimise motion.
Triangles will be used initially to allow for a modular design, maximising the flexibility to add and remove deck space and applications if necessary, Mr Flikkema said.
Four applications will be studied for Space@Sea – farming, a transport and logistics hub, an energy hub, and an accommodation platform.
To show the potential of multi-use modular floating islands, Space@Sea will evaluate three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe.
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