The oceans will be key on providing food, water, energy and space solutions for the growing world population. Maritime infrastructures, including offshore wind farms, offshore aquaculture farms and offshore ports, either as stand-alone infrastructures, or as multi-use platforms (MUPs), are vehicles to provide solutions with enhanced efficiency and lower ocean environment impact.
The EC has been financing initiatives intending to implement MUPs with different configurations across European seas(1). Two successful examples of such initiatives under H2020 programme include the TROPOS and the ENTROPI projects.
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. The project was financed under the EC FP7 programme, through the EMFF, with a total budget of €6.7 M. A video of the TROPOS project can be found here.
The ENTROPI project aimed to advance Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) along the value chain to accelerate the deployment of multi-use offshore platforms, particularly for renewables and aquaculture. Focusing on the Atlantic sea basin, the project developed the investment case for 3 bankable demonstration projects, each supported by a public-private partnership. ENTROPI project’s video can be found here.
The ENTROPI project raised key recommendations for further analysis and exploitation of MUPs, including: 1) stimulating political, governance and regulatory support; 2) fostering incentives to infrastructure sharing and efficient use of maritime space; and 3) promoting technological development and innovation.