Innovative multi-purpose offshore platforms: planning, Design and operation

DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Kongens Lyngby, Denmark website

In the near future, the European oceans will be subjected to a massive development of marine infrastructures. The most obvious structures include offshore wind farms, constructions for marine aquaculture and the exploitation of wave energy.
The development of these facilities will increase the need for marine infrastructures to support their installation and operation and will unavoidably exert environmental pressures on the oceans and marine ecosystems. It is therefore crucial that the economic costs, the use of marine space and the environmental impacts of these activities remain within acceptable limits. Hence, offshore platforms that combine multiple functions within the same infrastructure offer significant economic and environmental benefits.
MERMAID will develop concepts for the next generation of offshore platforms which can be used for multiple purposes, including energy extraction, aquaculture and platform related transport. The project does not envisage building new platforms, but will theoretically examine new concepts, such as combining structures and building new structures on representative sites under different conditions.
  • Finalised
Geographical coverage
  • Regional (including Mediterranean sea basin)
Intended Users
  • Businessmen/Companies
Source of funding
  • EU Funds
Information format
  • Map/Gis
  • Weblink
  • Documents
Information sources
  • Own production
Country coverage
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Italy
Downloadable databases
  • No