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An innovative multi-purpose offshore platform concept for the blue economy proposed by the Blue Growth Farm Project

Author(s): Yan Gao; Maurizio Collu; Fabrizio Lagasco; Giulio Brizzi; Felice Arena; Carlo Ruzzo; Anita Santoro

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Keywords: IAHR; Hydrolink; offshore renewable energy; blue growth; aquaculture; marine renewable energy; multi-purpose offshore platform; Yan Gao; Maurizio Collu; Fabrizio Lagasco; Giulio Brizzi; Felice Arena; Carlo Ruzzo; Anita Santoro

Abstract: The combination of energy generation devices and aquacultural systems is a smart way to improve the economic efficiency of integrated renewable energy systems and enlarge the application field of offshore platforms. An environmentally friendly multi-purpose offshore platform is proposed by the EU H2020 funded project ‘the Blue Growth Farm’ (www.thebluegrowthfarm.eu), which accommodates an aquaculture system within a rectangular-shaped concrete-caissons-based platform, which includes a wind turbine and a set of wave energy converters, producing renewable energy for its own operations. By integrating and engineering the aquaculture and renewable energy production systems, this efficient, cost-competitive and environmentally friendly multi-purpose offshore platform design is well suited for applications in the open sea.

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Year: 2021

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