Stichting Noordzeeboerderij is currently working on a prototype of a nature-inclusive anchoring system, dubbed 'Eco-anchor' and designed for several multi-use activities in offshore wind farms.

The move by Ørsted aligns with its plans to explore nature-inclusive multi-use concepts, considering the growth of wind farms at sea.

The Eco-anchor project, supported by the AFAS Foundation, is key in upscaling seaweed production in the Netherlands in a sustainable way, the NGO noted.

Currently, seaweed production in the North Sea occurs on a pilot scale. The aim is to grow towards 500km2 of nature-inclusive seaweed cultivation within wind farms by 2030, making wind farms multi-use farms.

It is essential for these types of farms to respect ecological boundaries so that it is a future-proof production activity.The ideal Multi-use sea farm seeks synergy between nature, food production and generating energy,

...the NGO said.

The Eco-anchor will be designed such that it can be used for various multi use activities, like nature-inclusive seaweed cultivation, mussel cultivation or even floating solar panels.

Ørsted is the first wind farm owner to express their support for this development.

The Eco-anchor prototype will be ready for testing later this year. It will be first tested at the offshore North Sea Innovation Lab, before heading out to an offshore wind farm.


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