A prototype of a multi-use platform that combines wind energy production and aquaculture will be tested at the PLOCAN test site
The land-based headquarters of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) hosts the launch meeting of the European project AquaWind, a multi-use platform that combines wind energy production and aquaculture, and is coordinated by the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Society of the Information (ACIISI), of the Government of the Canary Islands.
The project responds to the objectives of supporting the development and assimilation of the multi-use solution between marine renewable energies and other activities of the blue economy (aquaculture) and of contributing to the priority of the Atlantic Maritime Strategy of developing marine renewable energies and, more generally, the sustainable expansion of the Blue Economy in the Atlantic Basin.
AquaWind focuses on specific solutions suggested for multi-use projects that were specifically highlighted by the European Commission in its guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030, and is co-funded by the European Executive Agency for Climate, Infrastructures and Environment.
The meeting is attended by all the representatives of the project consortium: Consulta Europa, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Canarian Science Park Foundation, PLOCAN, the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster (CMC), EnerOcean, Innosea, Wavec and Canexmar and ACIISI, which coordinates it.
AquaWind will test the integrated multi-use solution in one place in the waters of the PLOCAN test bench, joining an existing Wind to Power (W2Power) marine renewable energy production prototype, with an innovative fish aquaculture solution that includes a design cage made to measure with innovative materials, a high level of digitization and diversification of species.
The project aims to demonstrate the ability to optimize the use of marine space through two solutions in the same place and reduce the load on the sea of these two activities, as well as the efficiency of the associated resources, and verify, through data, their economic, environmental and social sustainability.
On the website under construction (https://aquawind.eu/), since the project has just started in September, there is more information about the project’s social networks, and about the partners to learn about their role in the project and the specific tasks they will carry out in this innovative AquaWind project that unites offshore wind energy with aquaculture.
During the work sessions of the kick-off meeting, the representatives of the organizations that make up the project consortium will present the plan devised to implement the work packages that make it up and meet its main objectives.