The key objective of the TROPOS project is 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. However, since the approach is based on a modular development in which different types of modules can be combined accordingly to each target area, the design will be flexible enough not to be limited geographically - different platform configurations may be adapted to local conditions and needs. The TROPOS multi-use platform system is thus able to integrate a range of functions from the transport, energy, aquaculture and leisure sectors, in a far greater number of geographical areas than if it was a set platform design. The design of the platforms is intended to minimize environmental impacts and maximize environmental benefits. TROPOS will enable communities in tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean regions to promote employment opportunities, boost economic development, and exploit untapped resources. The TROPOS design will focus on a floating multi-purpose structure able to operate in, and exploit, deep waters, where fixed structures such as those piled in the seabed are not feasible. The multi-use platforms developed from the concept designs will have the potential to provide European coastal regions with appropriate aquaculture systems, offshore energy solutions, innovative transport services as well as off-shore port and leisure opportunities.
WavEc is active in 4 of the 8 work packages in TROPOS. WP2, led by WavEC, essentially deals with the definition of the methodology to apply in the selection of each of the potential uses of the platform for different locations with specific resources, the preliminary techno-economical specification of potential components and the characterisation of the available resources, constraints and market potential for each component in 3 specific locations to be selected during the course of the work package. In WP3, which deals with the concept of the platform components, WavEC takes part in Task 3.3, consisting in the conceptual design of functional modules and selection of satellite units. In WP5 (Strategy: Economics, Infrastructure and Logistics), WavEC is responsible for Task 5.2, focused on Economics, and participates in Tasks 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5. WavEC takes an active part in WP6 as well, which tackles environmental, socio-economic and legal issues, leading Task 6.6 (Comparative EI statement assessment) and participating in Tasks 6.1, 6.4 and 6.5. In total, WavEC is responsible for 5 deliverables in TROPOS.
WavEC takes an active part in WP6, which tackles environmental assessment issues, leading the comparative environmental impact statement assessment and participating. Currently, a summary on the main environmental and socio-economic descriptors to address in the TROPOS Environmental Impact Assessment platform is being produced.
Funding: European Comission (FP7)
WavEC Coordinator: José J. Cândido
Total Funding (Requested EU contribution): € 4 877 911
WavEC Funding: € 379 280
Duration: 1 February 2012 – 31 January 2015 (36 months)
Coordinator: Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN)
Partners: PLOCAN (Spain), University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), University of Bremen-MARUM (Germany), Wave Energy Centre (Portugal), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), Fraunhofer Institute-IWES (Germany), Pôle Mer Paca - Toulon Var Technologies (France), Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning (Norway), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark), Instalaciones Inabensa S.A. (Spain), Phytolutions GmbH (Germany), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece), National Sun Yat Sen University (Taiwan), Advance Intelligent Development S.L. (Spain), Bureau Veritas (France), École Centrale de Nantes (France), EnerOcean S.L. (Spain), University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom).