Albatern is developing a multiple use of space (MUS) project where its wave energy are installed in close proximity to the fish farm in locations up to 6km offshore. Albatern are working in collaboration with AquaBioTech Group – a Malta-based aquaculture consultancy company. The wave energy converters provide power for the energy needs of the offshore fish cages and also can support the renewable energy use of the coastal and land based facilities of the farm. The planned location of the pilot is off the coast of Malta. There is scope for expansion of the wave energy element which would enable export potential to the Maltese grid where electricity costs are high and the use of renewable energy is still low.
A Multi-Use Platform (MUP) designed by Ecowindwater to address the scarcity of freshwater and energy commodities in identified domestic and global markets. The technologies deployed in a MUP include floating offshore wind and desalination able to deliver both fresh water and electricity in a dynamic configuration meeting customer needs including catering for seasonal fluctuations. The domestic market focuses around several Greek islands especially in the Cyclades complex that experience water stress during high tourism season and having to import fresh water to meet their needs. The global market stretches to other island locations in the Caribbean and Canaries but also to countries of the Middle East such as Yemen that face extremely high levels of water stress as underground aquifers are depleted and where water management is becoming increasing costly.
The floating platforms located within a few kilometers distance from the shore are independent of water depth. They can desalinate seawater at times of high wind resource which is transferred via water pipes to the islands and stored in existing drinking water storage tanks. While initially the wind turbines will focus simply to power the desalination process they can also export surplus electricity to the island grid via cable.
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