Research on multi-use platforms

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The MERMAID project (EU-FP7,, movie about the project) develops concepts for next-generation offshore platforms for multi-use of ocean space for energy extraction, aquaculture and platform-related transport. The project does not envisage building new platforms, but aims at examining different concepts, such as a combination of structures or completely new structures on representative sites under different conditions. In addition, project development guidelines will be produced for stakeholders and end-users, addressing a wide range of issues such as business and technical aspects and spatial socio-economic planning.

Work Packages MERMAID project
Work Package 1 Project management
Work Package 2 Assessment of policy, planning & management strategies
Work Package 3 Development of renewable energy conversion from wind & waves
Work Package 4 Systems for sustainable aquaculture & ecologically based design
Work Package 5 Interaction of platforms with hydrodynamic conditions & seabed
Work Package 6 Transport and optimization of installation, operation & maintenance
Work Package 7 Innovative platform plan & design
Work Package 8 Economical, technical & environmental feasibility of multi-use platforms
Work Package 9 Project dissemination & outreach activities

The MERMAID consortium consists of 29 European partners bringing together expertise from both science and industry. Besides, the European Commission granted two other research projects with regard to multiuse offshore platforms:

  • The H2OCEAN project (EU-FP7,, aimed at the development of a wind-wave power open-sea platform equipped for hydrogen generation with support for multiple users of energy.
  • The TROPOS project (EUFP7,, aimed at the development of a floating modular multi-use platform system for use in deep waters.