Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands - Last News
The event brought together over three hundred leading international companies and reference institutions linked to technological development and marketing of ocean observation instrumentation and systems, in order to show the latest developments in the sector through a varied program of lectures and demonstrative technical sessions as well as a permanent exhibition area.
A technical team from the Centre for Marine Research Experimentation (CMRE) and PLOCAN have conducted in waters of La Spezia (Italy) -CMRE’s operations base- a test with an autonomous vehicle for marine observation –Waveglider-, specifically set this time to house as part of its payload sensor configuration, a new generation underwater passive hydrophone, in order to respond to certain challenges of the European project PERSEUS-FP7, among which includes underwater acoustic signatures detection and characterization in EU marine areas.
The trials performed in Italian waters, represent the validation test prior the demonstration phase expected by the project in May 2015 in waters of Gran Canaria.
PERSEUS-FP7 is a project led by the Spanish company INDRA, where CMRE and PLOCAN acts as members of a wide and multidisciplinary consortium of more than thirty EU institutions and companies, being its main goal the designand implementation of a multidisciplinary and comprehensive system for maritime border surveillance in Europe by the use of existing cutting-edge technologies.
The German research institution for marine environmental sciences (MARUM) and the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) are testing in partnership these days a new marine-observation autonomous vehicle with the goal to assess its main operational capabilities in a real scenario as they are the surrounding waters of PLOCAN test-site in Gran Canaria.
The vehicle is a Waveglider, SV3 model, whose principle of operation is based on harness ocean-waves energy as a power source, that integrates different meteo-oceanographic sensors and satellite telemetry systems for remote piloting, which is being conducted by a multidisciplinary technical team from the operations control-room that PLOCAN has at its headquarters in Taliarte.
These tests are framed in the EU-project PERSEUS performance, wherein PLOCAN is one of the partners, and whose main aim is the design and implementation of a multidisciplinary and comprehensive system for maritime border surveillance in Europe by the use of existing cutting-edge technologies.