The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) has participated in the Inaugural Participant Workshop of the Blue Economy CRC, which has been celebrated at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre (Tasmania), by giving a presentation on its experience with collaborating with various sectors of the blue economy (renewable energies, aquaculture, engineering, etc…), on Multi-Use Offshore Platforms and lessons learnt. Furthermore, PLOCAN has identified the barriers and solutions related to the development of integrated technologies of aquaculture products and renewable energies which are economically viable, environmentally accredited and socially acceptable in projects such as TROPOS, ENTROPI and MUSICA.
Ultimately, targeted research aligned to actively ‘problem solve’ for industry is necessary to provide the foundation for Australia to rapidly increase its productivity in the ocean economy and to maintain an internationally competitive position in these key industries.
The Blue Economy CRC will, for the first time bring the aquaculture and renewable energy sectors together to address the challenges of offshore food and energy production that leverages the benefits of colocation, vertical integration, infrastructure and shared services. Offshore engineering will be central to this emergence, leveraging decades of experience drawn from the shipping, defence, oil and gas industries.
The success of the Blue Economy CRC is based on the collaboration between industry and research partners with today providing an opportunity for all workshop participants to put forward their views and reflections of the process thus far.
The Blue Economy CRC brings together expertise in the seafood, marine renewable energy and offshore marine engineering sectors to deliver innovative solutions in order to transform the way we use our oceans.
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