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The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination and Support Action (AORAC-SA) is designed to provide scientific, technical and logistical support to the European Commission in developing and implementing trans-Atlantic Marine Research Cooperation between the European Union, the United States of America and Canada. The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) is carried out within the framework of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance as outlined in the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation (May 2013).

The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS), by defining requirements and systems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic; and leaving a legacy and strengthened contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

The loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems jeopardize the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and are major scientific and societal challenges. Addressing this challenge and providing scientific support to stakeholders and policy makers requires a coherent interdisciplinary research framework, with coordinated strategies and programmes at the national, regional and international levels, which are the relevant scales for many biodiversity issues.

The CODIMAR project seeks to generate new communication and scientific dissemination mechanisms, as well as to take advantage and reinforce the projects in execution and the events held in PLOCAN with specific actions. The proposed actions are aimed at society in general, although they consider different target audiences depending on the used means of communication. The project integrates both face-to-face actions, based on interactive exhibitions and workshops; as online actions, making use of the corporate website of PLOCAN and the social networks Facebook and Twitter and the videos container service YouTube. Online actions make visible the projects and events of PLOCAN and consider a contest of dissemination videos oriented to students of different ranges of age.

Despite possessing an array of desalination plants whose size and variety is unique in the world, there is no cohesive group of researchers within the Co-operation Area that responds to the needs of the Sector. It is necessary to support R&D&I in desalination (for domestic supply and agricultural use), to examine the interface between water and energy and to allocate resources in a co-ordinated manner to resolve challenges and for innovative and demonstrative projects related to water desalination technology and the applied use of renewable energy, in accordance with the RIS3 priorities and EU-Blue Growth. DESAL+ proposes to:

The main objective of this project is to acquire new technical and scientific know-how about artisanal fishing with traps and gillnets to reduce their negative impacts on the environment. Nothing has been published to date concerning the survival rates of specimens of the different target species freed (because they are below the minimum catch or commercial size) or side catch caught with both fishing techniques, one using traps, and the other using gillnets.

The objective of the ECOMARPORT project is to promote marine and maritime R&D and innovation in European and African Macaronesia by creating an operational network of environmental and marine observation of water and air quality in ports (eco-ports in Macaronesia). This will be achieved via the development and use of the latest in sustainable technology, the creation of useful products and tools for its users, and through the co-operation and appropriate and efficient technology transfer between the public and private sectors in the field of marine and maritime science and technology, promoting business opportunities within the context of Blue Growth.

The general objective of the ECUVE project is to develop a system based on unmanned vessels known as USV. With regard to the uses, this product is suitable for various naval applications, in particular those of repetitive type, which require a rapid intervention or which represent a risk for the crews. In particular, the specific objective of the project is to orient it to environmental surveillance and control in the marine field. Another specific objective is that the exploitation of the system will be made jointly between UTEK and PLOCAN in the facilities of the latter.

In ELICAN, a strong team of complementary European companies with worldwide leading presence in the Wind Energy industry join forces to provide the market with a disruptive high-capacity and cost-reducing integrated substructure system for deep offshore wind energy. The technology is exceptionally fitted to meet the technical and logistical challenges of the sector as it moves into deeper locations with larger turbines, while allowing for drastic cost reduction.

The EMSODEV (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water‐column Observatory DEVelopment) general objective is to catalyse the full implementation and operation of the EMSO distributed Research Infrastructure (RI), through the development, testing and deployment of an EMSO Generic Instrument Module (EGIM).

EMSO-Link is a project underpinning the long-term sustainability of EMSO ERIC, the pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure (RI)
composed of fixed point open ocean observatories for the study and monitoring of European seas.

The ENTROPI project will target investment to address critical challenges along the value chain supporting multi-use platforms. Such platforms have already been identified as a Key Enabling Technology (KET) and three FP7 projects (TROPOS, H2OCEAN and MERMAID) have explored preliminary platform concepts and feasibility.

ENVRIPLUS is a cluster of research infrastructures (RIs) for Environmental and Earth System sciences, built around ESFRI roadmap and associating leading e-infrastructures and Integrating Activities together with technical specialist partners.

EU Marine Robots

01/03/2018 - 28/02/2021

Our oceans are the least-explored region of planet Earth. Protection and sustainable development of ocean resources presents formidable challenges. Robots will play an increasingly key role in the near future and this role will expand and become more challenging as we extend into deeper, remote and hostile marine environments.

The aim of the iFADO project is to create marine services on a regional and sub-regional scale, using European Union waters as a case study. Filling the existing technical gaps, iFADO will use the implementation of the Framework Directive on Marine Strategy. (FDMS) to demonstrate the application of innovative products.

The MARCET project transfers and disseminates cutting-edge science and technology in order to promote growth and sustainable development of tourism directly and indirectly related to Whale Watching, through the creation of new eco-innovative products and services. In particular, centres specialised in the monitoring and tracking of cetacean health and in operational oceanography will be brought together from across the region in order to integrate, harmonise and optimise knowledge, infrastructures and best practices in the region.

The objective of MARINERG-i is to become the leading internationally distributed infrastructure in the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) sector. Its integrated nature and co-ordinated approach will accelerate the research development and deployment of offshore wind, wave, tidal and combined energy technologies and help maintain Europe as a global leader in this industry. In addition MARINERG-i will strengthen European, scientific and engineering excellence and expertise as its combined facilities represent an indispensable tool to foster innovation across a large variety of MRE technologies and systems and through all key stages of technology development (TRLs 1-9).

Integrating activities planned under MaRINET 2 build upon the achievements of the advanced community created in MaRINET FP7. MaRINET 2 will ensure the continued integration and enhancement of all leading European research infrastructure and facilities specialising in research, development and testing of offshore renewable energy systems including electrical sub systems and grid integration through a range of TRLs (1-7).

The aim of the ORPHEO project is to study techniques that enable the optimization, through advanced and intelligent control, of the profitability that can be obtained from an integrated hybrid floating platform that includes generation from wind power and wave energy and is connected to the grid as part of a renewable energy farm in the sea.

The “Electricity grid to provide support for experimenting and testing new technologies that use marine energy resources to generate electricity and to connect technologies for observation at increasing depths (REDSUB)” Project consists of conducting a series of activities that range from the design, acquisition and installation, to the commissioning of a sea-to-shore electricity grid and data network in the area of the maritime-terrestrial public domain reserved for the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The management of this project has been assigned to the PLOCAN Consortium.

RIS3_Net will develop a strategy for institutional co-operation and a system of common governance, aimed at those institutions responsible for the planning, execution and follow-up of the intelligent specialisation strategies in the MAC regions, taking into consideration its possible extension to other countries.

This project proposes the construction of programmable marine robots in several areas for educational purposes, from low cost tools, with free hardware and software. On the one hand, to carry out a science and technology dissemination that can reach more people (students of different standard and nonstandard educational levels, families, and the general public). The experience will be shown at a National Museum of the FECyT. On the other hand, the project incorporates more elements and technological tools appropriate to the different levels of education through a project-based learning methodology, both using appropriate hardware and software programming platforms and presenting 3D printing of certain pieces related to different aspects of the marine robotics activity.

Sustainable Energy at Sea Ports

16/01/2017 - 15/01/2019

In Wave Energy - Technology Brief (June 2014), the International Renewable Energy Agency stated that synergies with other offshore industries would be advantageous to the wave energy industry. The report concludes that opportunities should be found to create more dedicated infrastructures – including ports – to support the installation, operation and maintenance of wave energy converters (WEC). Additionally, the progressive growth of the sea ports’ activity brings many challenges, namely the increase of the energy consumption and pollution.

Within the sphere of blue economy there are endless development opportunities in established maritime subsectors such as fisheries, maritime transport and ports, and in emerging sectors such as maritime tourism (recreation and cruises), aquaculture, and marine biotechnology, as reflected in the European Strategy for Blue Growth.

We present the SYMBIOSIS project to provide a mature, cost effective autonomous opto-acoustic prototype for the characterization, classification, and biomass evaluation of six target pelagic fish that are important to the fishery industry and that reflect on the health of the environment.

The project WIP 10+, “Wind integrated platform for 10+ MW power per foundation” will demonstrate at sea and at significant scale a fully integrated offshore wind floating platform Wind2Power that holds a couple twin wind turbines of up to 6 MW each, and that it is also able to host additional functions due to its size.

The main ambition of AANChOR is to promote the implementation of the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship initiative and the Belém Statement (BS), signed by the EU, Brazil and South Africa in 2017, to upscale research and innovation cooperation within the Atlantic basin, from Antarctica to the Arctic. AANChOR will pursue this ambition by providing the EC and the BS Implementation Committee (to be established by signatories of the Statement) with a framework to identify and contribute to the implementation of concrete long-term collaborative activities, reinforcing international cooperation between Europe and tropical and South Atlantic countries and connecting with the challenges and research needs of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The main objective of the STARPORTS project is the development of an intelligent platform capable of providing in real time detailed and multiple information on the state of any coastal and maritime infrastructure, and as well capable of quantifying, automatically and intelligently, changes in time, such as pathologies or other anomalies. It also aims to develop advanced sensor networks that can be integrated within that infrastructure to obtain significant and reliable data on its status.

Wave+ Energy Project

01/09/2018 - 29/02/2020

This project aims to improve and demonstrate the reliability and performance of W1 wave energy converter electronics while demonstrating and validating in real sea environment grid connected to Las Palmas Harbor grid.

The technical solution is conceived with the objective of producing a downstream service (EO_MAMMALS) for analysing associations between oceanic environment data remotely sensed and biological data in order to provide a marine mammals’ dashboard in the context of the Macaronesia area (Atlantic Ocean).

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a joint initiative between the Government of Spain - Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) and the Government of the Canary Islands - Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI), with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).tic Ocean).

GRRIP will embed sustainable RRI practices in 4 research performing organisations (RPO) and 1 dual function RPO and research funding organisation (RPO/RFO) (total 5 RPO&RFO) in the Marine and Maritime (M&M) sectors through Action Plans (AP) for institutional and cultural change.ic Ocean).

The EU has nine Outermost Regions (ORs): Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Saint Martin, Réunion, Mayotte; the Canary Islands; and the Azores and Madeira. ORs are an integral part of EU territory but, as Article 349 TFEU recognizes, they differ from the rest of the EU due to their remoteness, their insularity, their small size, their adverse topographical and climatic conditions and their dependence on a limited number of local industries.

The main objective of this project consists of the design and development of the first real-scale prototype of the second generation of multi-turbine floating off-shore platform.

In recent years, the rapid development of optical fiber technology has led to the emergence of many related applications. Within the field of sensor technology, fiber optic sensors are beginning to be competitive with traditional sensors thanks to the unique advantages they offer.

This project will help Atlantic Arc companies test the next generation of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) technology in real sea environments and prove power can be economically generated from the ocean. Blue-GIFT will result in a minimum of 8 MRE floating wind, wave or tidal pre- commercial demonstrations, over 24,000hrs of operation, work with over 20 SME's, sustaining 30+ jobs and helping to secure €15M investment into MRE companies.

COOSW is a transnational cooperation for the development of a solution for saving energy and water in small near coast facilities using simple devices harnessing ocean energy. As a solution we propose the use of devices that use seawater temperature and waves for desalination and refrigeration.

In recent years, the rapid development of optical fiber technology has led to the emergence of many related applications. Within the field of sensor technology, fiber optic sensors are beginning to be competitive with traditional sensors thanks to the unique advantages they offer.

JONAS addresses threats to biodiversity from underwater noise pollution on sensitive species in the NE Atlantic by streamlining ocean noise monitoring and risk management on a transnational basis. AA states need a consistent way to resolve this common transboundary challenge. Jonas will develop and pilot a noise-monitoring platform, harmonize technical approaches to MSFD and MSP requirements, and promote the adoption of quieter operational practices among users of the NE Atlantic marine space.

In recent years, the rapid development of optical fiber technology has led to the emergence of many related applications. Within the field of sensor technology, fiber optic sensors are beginning to be competitive with traditional sensors thanks to the unique advantages they offer.

The main project objective is to reduce the cost of energy (LCOE) of floating wind by 50% through the validation of the "PivotBuoy", an innovative subsystem that reduces the costs of mooring systems and floating platforms, allows faster and cheaper installation and a more reliable and sustainable operation.

SUSME is a biregional cooperation Europe-Latin America focused in testing, improving and optimizing a group of technologies for marine energy harnessing. The main goal is to set he basis for increasing the scale of the devices towards their implementation in real sea conditions   and prototype dimensions.

Wavepiston is developed on the shoulders of the first-generation wave energy technologies. Due to its low weight, low-tech design, simple installation and operations & maintenance, Wavepiston will be the disruptive technology that can make wave energy competitive with the other renewable energy sources.

The project deals with the adaptation of the SP200 family of spectrophotometric pH sensors to be installed and operated in unmanned autonomous vehicles, both surface and underwater. Spectrophotometric pH sensors developed by Sensorlab SL are devices of high accuracy, designed for measuring pH in open waters during several months without calibration or maintenance. Their main use is monitoring the evolution of climate change.

The CANAUTIC project aims, through a collaborative work between the institutions of the marine and maritime sectors of the Canary Islands and Cape Verde, to promote sustainable territorial development through the integration of economic activities in coastal zones of the Canary Islands and Cape Verde and by establishing a framework of rational use of the coastal zone based on social, economic and environmental criteria. The project is divided into three distinct phases.

The main objective of the CATAPULTA project is to unfold the potential of the Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructure (ICTS) PLOCAN for returning and securing international funding that will drag and strengthen R&D&I in the marine and maritime sectors towards Spain.

We are standing at the dawn of a century that will be largely affected by how we as a society are able to manage our oceans and their resources. Marine and Maritime Research has a critical role to play in developing our understanding of the seas and advance technology so that we can develop their economic potential in a sustainable manner.

DRON Multipropósito

01/07/2017 - 31/03/2018

The project consists of conducting a feasibility study on the technical possibilities offered by flying drones to undertake tasks in different areas of application, and to conduct a study of the current market to act as a decision-making framework for future projects. There is currently an enormous range of drone models on the market, with their different strengths and technical capabilities. The purpose of the study is to provide a decision-making tree of models depending on the requirements of the project.

Within the framework of the International Year of Chemistry, the initiative "The Ocean, Chemistry of Life" tries to expose, in an educational and entertaining way, using a wide range of educational, audiovisual and technological resources, the role that chemical sciences have played in the existing knowledge of the ocean and marine life. Likewise it aims to emphasize its vital importance, both today and in the future, for the work of monitoring the health of our seas, our atmosphere and life on our planet.

The objective of the project is to promote marine and maritime R&D of the European and African Macaronesian regions so that their approaches and results are addressed to contribute to the best articulation of the scientific - technical - company system, in fields such as security and sustainability in transport, maritime tourism and ports, increasing the protection of coastal areas, resources and marine biodiversity and the forecasting and management of natural risks. This is a way to contribute to promote the socio-economic development of these regions, in keeping with international goals.

EURATHLON is a new outdoor robotics competition, which will invite teams to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic mock emergency-response scenarios. Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident the EURATHLON competition will require a team of land, underwater and flying robots to work together to survey the scene, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards. Leading up to this ‘grand challenge’ in 2015, will be directly related land and underwater robot competitions in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The main objective of this Action is the coordination of ongoing research using gliders, and the conception of future research, to operate fleets of autonomous underwater gliders in order to provide cost-effective methods for the discovery and monitoring of the ocean at global, regional and coastal scales with benefit to both basic oceanographic research and operational applications for marine activities.

The Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO3 ) seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community. These will provide multidisciplinary observations in all parts of the oceans from the air-sea interface to the deep seafloor. Coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, UK, FixO3 will build on the significant advances largely achieved through the FP7 programmes EuroSITES, ESONET and CARBOOCEAN.

Underwater gliders are intelligent and affordable platforms, useful for longterm, multi parameter marine observations. Because of their remotely controlled navigational capabilities and the high spatial and temporal resolution of their measurements in real-time, gliders have been identified to fill gaps existing in the existing ocean observing systems. Along with the rapidly growing importance in purely science driven applications, the implementation of gliders into the Global Ocean Observing System has been recognized as a key point to improve the observational capabilities of the observing systems.

Innpacto Wave Energy

22/06/2010 - 15/09/2013

The main objective of the INNPACTO Wave Energy project is the development and demonstration of the usefulness of R & D projects based on PIPO Systems’ APC - PISYS technology. This will be achieved through the construction and location in a marine environment of two technological applications or exploitable products to meet existing demand. These are:

A new EU 7th Framework Programme project, “LEANWIND” (Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments) seeks to apply lean principles to the offshore wind farm project lifecycle. The primary LEANWIND objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools. The offshore wind industry in existing near shore shallow sites has yet to become cost competitive with traditional forms of energy while new sites are being planned for greater distances from shore or deeper water bringing new challenges.

Enhancing R+D+i capacities in the fields of climatology, meteorology and operational oceanography, through the components of modelling, monitoring and dissemination of information in a timely manner and in a scale that is appropriate to the sectors on which they depend on. Network integration participating, from its privileged position in the Atlantic, in the aims of the EU of creating the European Observation and Information Network (EMODNet).

Macaronesia Research Strategy

01/10/2009 - 31/07/2013

The MaReS project aims to organize a common tool to Macaronesian archipelagos in order to analyze, coordinate and identify opportunities to meet the challenges of sustainability through a strategy of competitive research and development in Atlantic European island regions. It arises from the evidence that the dimension of R & D systems in these archipelagos do not allow them to compete effectively for themselves in the European Research Area, nor in the international scientific context.

The need for regional cooperation in the NE Atlantic to face marine pollution has been previously demonstrated by historic accidents in Spanish, Moroccan, French and Portuguese coasts. The Lisbon Agreement, recently ratified (2014) by the mentioned countries and EU, envisions the cooperation in case of pollution incidents. Transnational strategies to face marine pollution with hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) and especially with oil spills have been under development in different regions in the context of international agreements and EU RTD projects.

NetBiome-CSA will extend and strengthen research partnerships and cooperation for smart and sustainable management of tropical and subtropical biodiversity in outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). This will be achieved through a participative process mobilising stakeholders, their knowledge and resources for initiatives such as policy and priority analysis, multi-stakeholder dialogues, exchange of good practices, training and issuing of recommendations.

As stated by the marine research decision makers in Europe in the “Ostend Declaration” in 2010, a major challenge is to support the development of a truly integrated and sustainably funded European Ocean Observing System. This will be achieved with more long-term measurements of key parameters but is impaired by the costs and lack of reliability of ocean sensors in general.

Europe’s vast coast line harbours a huge potential resource of ocean energy to be exploited as a renewable electricity source contributing towards the 2020 targets and beyond. The ocean is a complex working environment, relatively little is known about it and it is widely used by others, such as fishing, shipping and recreation. However, the prize for introducing ocean energy generation is high, estimated by DG MARE, at 380 GW. Currently, several member states and regions are funding ocean energy research, demonstration, technology and innovation (RTDI). There is a shared goal to generate knowledge about the marine environment and to speed the development of this emerging sector.

Onboard Data Analyzer

01/07/2017 - 31/03/2018

We propose a technical-economic feasibility study for the future development of a tool (software+hardware), called ODA (Onboard Data Analyser) that can analyse the data packages that reach a vessel, in order to extract the flat or pure data arriving to send it to the different systems or applications that require it. If the flat data include malware, this will remain in ODA, preventing it from passing into the rest of the on-board network and it will emulate a state as if the vessel has been infected in order to stop new attacks being sent.

The main objective of the project is the development of an environmental observation and monitoring program for the concentration of energy generating devices at the PLOCAN test site. This objective falls within the set of regular activities for the observation and environmental assessment of the marine environment, including aspects of design, implementation, data generation, evaluation and production of useful information for the management and administration of marine renewable energies. This information is offered to companies and public administrations interested in the field of marine renewable energies.

PERSEUS contributes to Europe's efforts to monitor illegal migration and combat related crime and goods smuggling by proposing a large scale demonstration of a EU Maritime surveillance System of Systems, on the basis of existing national systems and platforms, enhancing them with innovative capabilities and moving beyond EUROSUR's 2013 expectations, addressing key challenges:

The main objective of this proposal is the integration of an educational project in the classrooms, based on the construction of a Remotely Operated Vehicle, from low-cost tools, considering open-source hardware and software, having selected Arduino as an open-source hardware platform and Scratch as an open-source software implementation.

Nowadays, the major part of offshore operations is done by divers in dangerous missions. Since their number is limited, the dependency on their work represents a real threat to the offshore industry. The extended use of unmanned underwater vehicles (AUVs/ROVs) could solve this problem but since they are usually tailor-made for a specific task and difficult to operate their deployment is very expensive.

The key objective of the TROPOS project was the development of a floating modular multi-use platform system for use in deep waters, 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.

Underwater wireless communication links have up till now almost exclusively been implemented using acoustic systems. Underwater radio is the range limitation due to the tremendous attenuation is assumed as an unchangeable environmental element.

The technology company Wedge Global, S.L. has developed a direct generation electrical Power Take-off System system (PTO) for harvesting wave energy. This PTO is potentially suitable for different types of wave energy converters - WEC's - (vertical and pendular point absorbers and oscillating water column, among others).

UNDIGEN Marine Autonomous System

27/01/2014 - 30/11/2017

The UNDIGEN project consortium (MINECO-IPT-2011-1770-920000), led by the technology company Global Wedge, S.L. has developed and is in the final phase of testing the marine functionality of a wave energy converter (WEC) with an innovative electric generation system, which, in turn, is potentially suitable for different types of WECs (vertical and pendular point absorbers and oscillating water column, among others).

This Action tries to boost professional careers in science and technology, helping to increase and promote innovation and creativity in secondary school, professional training and high school students in the field of marine technologies.

The WELCOME project specifically brings forward one of the strategic lines of PLOCAN, putting into operation the expected test-bed. The advance is possible because in this case is intended to test a device to feed a set of met-ocean observations; thereby, trying to provide solutions to one of the basic problems of observation in the ocean, since power limiting is the factor controlling the number of observations, frequen- cy and information that can be transmitted.