Space@Sea, the consortium consisting of seventeen European partners, aims to develop a standardised and cost efficient modular island with low ecological impact, in a bid to provide sustainable and affordable workspace at sea and to support the efficient use of the maritime environment.
In particular, the consortium will study the most suitable shape of the floaters to minimise the motions. As starting point, triangles will be used which also allow for a modular design maximising the flexibility to add and remove deck space and applications if necessary.
In addition, offshore specialists will contribute to design a shared mooring solution in combination with a remote monitoring and sensing system to reduce installation and maintenance costs.
“The three year project can be regarded as a success if the modular design of the multi-use platform has successfully been validated in a relevant environment at model scale,” says project coordinator, Maarten Flikkema of the Marine Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN).
In Space@Sea, four applications will be studied being farming, transport and logistics hub, energy hub and living. The consortium will conclude with the evaluation of three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe.
Space@Sea is partly funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme under project number 774253. Partners working together in this MARIN coordinated project are Deltasync, DST, Nemos, TU Delft, Mocean Offshore, TU Hamburg Harburg, Bluewater Energy Services, University of Rostock, Gicon-Grossmann, Wageningen University, University Duisburg-Essen, TU Graz, Waterstudio, Icepronav, Val Fou and DEME.