The fundamental objective of the TROPOS project was the development of a modular, multi-purpose, floating platform system for use in deep water, with an initial geographic focus on the Mediterranean, tropical and sub-tropical regions but designed to be flexible enough not to be limited in geographic scope.
The TROPOS approach focused on modular development where different types of modules can be combined as appropriate in each area. In this way, the TROPOS multi-purpose platform system is capable of integrating a wide range of functions from the transport, energy, aquaculture and leisure sectors, across a wider range of geographies than a fixed platform design. Consequently, this provides greater opportunities for profitability.
The TROPOS design focused on a multi-purpose floating structure capable of operating in and exploiting deep water, where fixed structures such as seabed pilings are not feasible. The multi-use platforms developed from the concept designs will have the potential to provide European coastal regions with adequate aquaculture systems, innovative transport services as well as leisure and marine energy solutions.
The main scientific and technological objectives of the project were:
- Determine, based on numerical and physical modelling, the optimal locations for the multipurpose offshore platform in Mediterranean, subtropical and tropical latitudes.
- Investigate the relationships between ocean activities, including wind energy, aquaculture, shipping solutions and other additional services.
- Develop new, economically efficient and modular multi-purpose platform designs that allow for the optimal coupling of different services and activities.
- Assess the feasibility and economic viability of the platform.
- Develop a comprehensive environmental impact methodology and assessment.
- Set up at least three complete solutions, for Mediterranean, subtropical and tropical areas.