This combination involves offshore wind turbines mounted on floating platforms, sharing the same space as an aquaculture installation. The two companies involved have a high level of experience in their respective sectors. Grupo Cobra is a subsidiary of ACS, a Spanish multinational company with long experience in the construction and operation of fixed wind farms. Their floating wind platform concept has already undergone early testing and is well positioned to be developed further as part of this combination, through the NER 300 program supported FLOCAN project.
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BESMAR similarly has extensive experience in the aquaculture sector. The advantages of this multiple use of space (MUS) include more efficient use of scarce licenced space and possible complementarities, including, among others, using the floating structures to protect part of the “cages” from the damage of strong currents and shared security and monitoring systems. The deployment location planned is the South-East coast of Gran Canaria. The concept was identified and examined previously in the EU TROPOS project.
MERMAID – Aquaculture & Fixed Offshore wind : This combination is derived from the work performed on the Mermaid project. This project examined the feasibility of installing aquaculture installations such as mussel farms in the same space as fixed offshore wind farms. Offshore wind farms will be developed in the area off the coast of Belgium and the Netherlands. Research has shown that the area has potential for mussel seed collection and mussel aquaculture. So far, mixed use of space (MUS) is however not considered. Potential advantages include an increased attractiveness for licencing applications due to a more efficient use of space as well as cost savings using common vessels.
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