The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) was present at the recent edition of the International Maritime Fair 2023 (FIMAR), held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The PLOCAN booth became a space of great interest for visitors, who had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the innovative technologies and projects in which the organisation is involved.
One of the highlights of the PLOCAN stand was an exhibition dedicated to the test site cable network and the SmartGrid of the offshore platform. Visitors were able to deepen into the details of these infrastructures and understand how they contribute to the study and development of ocean energy, as well as their potential to drive the transition to renewable and sustainable sources.
Attendees also had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with various ocean observation technologies, including gliders, wavegliders and ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). These devices captured the attention of those interested in the exploration and study of the seabed, as they allow to obtain valuable information about the marine ecosystem and to carry out scientific research and environmental monitoring in a highly efficient way.
Thinking of the youngest, PLOCAN also presented an interactive pool where children had the opportunity to handle educational prototypes of underwater robots from the EDUROVs project. This initiative sought to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, inviting children to explore and understand the challenges and opportunities of the ocean in a playful and educational way.
PLOCAN staff, present at the stand, were on hand to spread the organisation’s mission and vision to visitors, sharing their knowledge and experience in the field of ocean research and innovation. Its presence was essential to resolve doubts and provide valuable information on ongoing activities and projects.
PLOCAN’s participation in the International Sea Fair 2023 was very positive, reaffirming its position as a benchmark in the field of marine research and technology. Its commitment to the study and protection of the oceans continues to drive sustainable development in the Canary Islands and contribute to scientific progress at a global level.
The EDUROVs project aims to promote scientific vocations among students in the Canary Islands, and PLOCAN develops it with the support of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the STEAM area of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands.