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MERMAID - Innovative Multi-purpose off-shore platforms: planning, Design and operation

  • 25538
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 20/12/2011
  • RISULTATO

European oceans will be subject to massive development of marine infrastructure in the near future. The most obvious is the energy facilities e.g. offshore wind farms, exploitation of wave energy, expansion of electricity connections, and also further development and implementation of marine aquaculture. This will also lead to an increased need for marine infrastructure to support installation and the ongoing operation of the facilities. However, both economical costs and environmental impact have to be reduced in order to increase the feasibility of the use of ocean space.
Marine structures for offshore wind farms and aquaculture have to be installed at various sites and on much larger scale than earlier implementation of offshore structures in order to fulfil EU strategies (1) for reduction of fossil-based energy and (2) to become a major player in sustainable aquaculture. However the feasibility is much more sensitive to the costs of structures and the installation of the structures than for instance Oil & Gas facilities.
Novel innovative design concepts should address different physical conditions in order to make the best use of the ocean space. Going from deep water (north of Spain) to shallow water with high morphological activity (the Wadden sea) and further to inner waters like the inner Danish/Baltic areas and the Adriatic sea changes the focus from a strong physical aspect to environmental impact. This will make it possible to develop, test and integrate different technologies but also to address site specific challenges.
Both for offshore renewables and for aquaculture a substantial part of the costs is variable cost related to operations and maintenance of the plants. It is obvious that optimization of the use of ocean space for different purposes might benefit from shared resources such as staff allocation, transportation of staff and material from and to the platforms, use of forecasting systems, ships etc.


Start date: 2012-01-01
End date: 2015-12-31

Duration: 48 months

Project Reference: 288710

Project cost: 7.38 million euro
Project Funding: 5.48 million euro

Subprogramme Area: OCEAN.2011-1 Multi-use offshore platforms
Contract type: Collaborative project (generic)


Coordinatore: - DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET - Erik Damgaard CHRISTENSEN

Altri Partecipanti

  • DANSK AKVAKULTUR FORENING - DENMARK
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG - GERMANY
  • KEFALONIA FISHERIES INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL COMPANY AE - GREECE
  • UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE - UNITED KINGDOM
  • HVALPSUND NET AS - DENMARK
  • MUSHOLM AS - DENMARK
  • HORTIMARE BV - NETHERLANDS
  • THE CYPRUS RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION - CYPRUS
  • NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - GREECE
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE - ITALY
  • STATOIL PETROLEUM AS - NORWAY
  • ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER - GREECE
  • ENEL INGEGNERIA E INNOVAZIONE SPA - ITALY
  • ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI - TURKEY
  • INSTYTUT BUDOWNICTWA WODNEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK - POLAND
  • DONG ENERGY POWER AS* - DENMARK
  • ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE - ITALY
  • DHI - DENMARK
  • HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET - NORWAY
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA - SPAIN
  • STICHTING DELTARES - NETHERLANDS
  • VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR DE ZEE VZW - BELGIUM
  • STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND - NETHERLANDS
  • BOLDING & BURCHARD APS - DENMARK
  • STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK - NETHERLANDS
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA - ITALY
  • CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB - SWEDEN
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-ENVIRONMENT : AMBIENTE (COMPRESI I CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI): priorità tematica 6 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea