The Canary Islands Regional Ministry of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge’s Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency (ACIISI, as it is known in Spanish) is leading the RIS3Net Project aimed at forging a strategic Alliance in Macaronesia to facilitate co-operation and identify common synergies in areas of smart specialisation that include blue growth, tourism and the agro-industry.
The SmartBlue Project consortium held its first meeting in the PLOCAN offices in Taliarte. This project seeks to foster the competitiveness of marine maritime companies in Macaronesia with a network of clusters to promote processes of innovation and international expansion by jointly leveraging synergies, capabilities and resources, and co-ordinating the Canary Island Maritime Cluster (CMC, as it is known in Spanish) as the main beneficiary.
The responsible of the PLOCAN Innovation Unit, Ayoze Castro Alonso, participated at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU) 2017 presenting three posters. The first poster was related to an integral programme management methodology for R&D projects in Marine Sciences certified in PLOCAN. The other two posters were presented in the scope of the European projects FP7 NeXOS and H2020 SWARMs.
The poster about NeXOS, a project which has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nº 614102, described the management tools of this project co-ordinated by PLOCAN. The poster about SWARMs, a project which has received funding from the European Commission programme ECSEL-2014-1: Key Applications and Essential Technologies under Grant Agreement nº 662107, presented the management of the Early Trials conducted at the PLOCAN land base in the scope of this project in which PLOCAN acts as a partner.
PLOCAN organised a training course, “Visual Programming for Arduino”, between Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th April as part of the ROVINO: Low-Cost Submarine Robotics with Arduino Technology Project co-ordinated by PLOCAN.
King Felipe praised the work of researchers and scientists in the course of the visit organised to the offices of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands Consortium in Taliarte. The event was also attended by Queen Letizia and the President of the Canary Island Government, Fernando Clavijo.
Technical staff from PLOCAN have taken an advanced training course on Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) given by specialists from American company Teledyne Seabotix in the consortium’s facilities in Taliarte.
The course, which comprises both theory and practical sessions in the laboratory and real operational scenarios, took place between the 17th and 21st of April. The practical sessions used a Seabotix vLVB950 ROV from the PLOCAN fleet of marine vehicles.