The co-ordinator of the Scientific-Technical and Innovation Area, Joaquín Hernández Brito, gave an overview of the scientific and technological energy-related challenges of the marine-maritime sector and an idea of the R+D+i agenda for the next few years at the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) conference.
In his presentation, Hernández Brito pointed out that there are clear synergies between PLOCAN and the marine and maritime sector value chain in the Canary Islands, particularly with the ports. The areas of R+D+i that PLOCAN supports in the marine-maritime sector converge to offer the capacity for innovation and to position the Canary Islands in the face of the industry’s challenges over the coming years, particularly in the field of reducing the emissions of CO2 and other pollutants. He also explained that the PLOCAN test bed allows new prototypes and technologies to be tested for harnessing marine renewable energies, which will also be available in the near future in ports and maritime transport, along with other developments such as new accumulation systems, electric and/or hybrid engines, the use of innovative materials and more energy-efficient designs.
A PLOCAN delegation composed of Plocan’s manager, Paula Pacheco; the legal advisor, Alicia Hernández, and the network administrator, Javier Velasco, attended the VII ICTS Managers’ annual meeting (Scientific Infrastructures and Singular Techniques)), to which PLOCAN pertains. The meeting took place at the National Hydrogen Center (CNH2) in Puertollano (Ciudad Real), and was opened by the mayor, Ms. Mayte Fernández.
PLOCAN took part in Canagua&energía, the international water and energy fair of the Canary Islands promoted by the Cabildo (Island Government) of Gran Canaria and organised by INFECAR, focused on isolated or stand-alone environments, characterised mainly by not being connected internationally to major energy distribution grids.
PLOCAN had a stand at the IEEE OCEANS international conference held in Anchorage (Alaska), where it exhibited the new sensors developed by European technology project NeXOS: to develop new marine observation sensors to create a fully integrated, sustainable European ocean observation system ("Next generation, cost-effective, compact, multifunctional web enabled Ocean Sensor Systems Empowering Marine, Maritime and Fisheries Management”).
The event saw the presentation of the final results of the project, co-ordinated by PLOCAN, which was completed on the 30th of September. The project has developed a set of cost-effective, compact, multifunctional next generation sensors that can be fitted on both mobile and stationary ocean observation platforms, and it has developed services for the Global Ocean Observation System and the European framework directive on marine strategy that establishes descriptors of Good Ecological Status (GES) for European marine waters and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).