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