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Development and demonstration of an automated, modular and environmentally friendly multi-functional platform for open sea farm installations of the Blue Growth Industry

Development and demonstration of an automated, modular and environmentally friendly multi-functional platform for open sea farm installations of the Blue Growth Industry

Objective

The development of multi-use sea platforms concept has become one of the EU’s most interesting and ambitious projects in order to ensure the integrated, sustainable and ecological exploitation of open sea resources. In particular, a suitable combination of aquaculture facility and offshore renewables and the application of the right technical knowledge are key in achieving sustainable exploitation of marine resources, in support of the growing global demand for seafood and energy from renewables. The aim of the Blue Growth Farm project is then to produce advanced industrial knowledge with a fully integrated & efficient offshore multipurpose floating platform, which provides a central protected pool to host automated aquaculture system, capable of producing high quality fish, as well as a large storage and deck areas to host a commercial 10 MW wind turbine and a number of wave energy converters (WEC). The platform results from the suitable assembly of low-cost, corrosion-resistance, low-maintenance concrete caissons modules. Relevant R&D challenges are addressed in the project with the specific strategy to design and test solutions on an outdoor physical prototype and then obtain essential feedback to enhance the full scale design projection. Final project achievements are represented by: i) design assessment of the fully integrated multipurpose offshore floating platform, hosting aquaculture, energy harvesting, automation and control, security and surveillance, electrical dispatch, shipping operations, logistics and platform operations services; 2) detailed design, construction, commissioning and operation of a scaled physical prototype (~1:10) of the platform to provide the required experimental evidences in the relevant environment, in order to demonstrate achievement of TRL 5 requirement; iii) suitable business model and plan built on the Blue Growth Farm configuration to validate project assumptions and open opportunities to future investment.
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Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Address

Via San Nazaro 19
16145 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 027 585,33

Participants (15)

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CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

GRANDI LAVORI FINCOSIT SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 7 984,52

SAFIER INGENIERIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 099 535,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI MEDITERRANEA DI REGGIO CALABRIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 808 800

SAGRO AQUACULTURE LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 266 875

CHLAMYS S.R.L

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 280 000

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 226 130

WAVENERGY.IT SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 98 262,50

ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES

France

EU Contribution

€ 326 312,50

TREELOGIC TELEMATICA Y LOGICA RACIONAL PARA LA EMPRESA EUROPEA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 14 664,67

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 243 250

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 423 750

DITREL INDUSTRIAL S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 140 700

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 359 320

FINCOSIT SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 2 279 702,98

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 774426

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 854 077,50

  • EU contribution

    € 7 602 873

Coordinated by:

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy