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PLOCAN offers land-based and sea-based novel facilities to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean, providing a cost-effective combination of services. PLOCAN is able to provide access and multidisciplinary logistic support through its onshore facility and two marine test sites (Taliarte harbor and offshore). The facility and test sites are located in the North-East coast of Gran Canaria Island, and the platform is integrated in the offshore test site.

The infrastructure, built over a caisson which rests on the seabed, is comprised of the following different levels, each for a different use: HELIPORT: Situated over the command centre, capable of housing helicopters up to a maximum length of 18 m and 6 ton. Currently, under legalisation procedures. COMMAND CENTRE (86 m2): Raised above the deck, with 360º vision. All control and operational activities of the platform and the test site are managed from here. BUILDING: Divided into two floors, housing laboratories (297 m2), classrooms (39 m2), kitchen (64 m2), dining room (80 m2), lounge (37 m2), etc. All rooms have natural light and ventilation. PLATFORM LEVEL: This is a hangar (590 m2) and an open working area (546 m2) where there is an open test tank (6,0 x 7,8 m). It has a telescopic crane for stacking containers. The test tank will facilitate sea trials and launching specific underwater vehicles and equipment into the sea.BASEMENT LEVEL (1.215 m2): Houses the installations rooms and the power management equipment.

The main infrastructures installed in the platform are 2 Floating quays of dimensions 3,0 x 6,7 m. in the south corner of the structure, personnel transfer basket (by crane) capable of transporting up to four standing passengers or 2 person plus stretcher. Max gross weight: 800kg, telescopic crane with a 17,70 m. boom, a tip load of 11.42ton and max load 28.3t, gantry crane with a max load capacity of 4 tons, Sewage treatment plants: 2 treatment plants for grey (for recycling 3.500 l/d) and sewage water (around 94% reduction in BOD, 93% in SS and 80% in CDO) , 3x11 m3 tanks which gets sea water from different depths and 2x16 m3 tanks, one with sea water that will undergo a process of desalination and will pass to the other one where the fresh water is stored., desalination system with a capacity of 16 m3/d, Fresh water tank, Hand tools and other small equipment, two pallet trucks with a maximum load capacity of 2,5 tons.

  • SAILBOUY
    Autonomous Surface Vehicle. Mod. Sailbuoy. Year: 2016. Seril Number: 1605. Manufacturer: Offshore Sensing (Norway)
  • ROV AND ACCESORIES
    Remotely Operated Vehicle. Mod. Seabotix Vlbv-950 (950 m.). Serial Number: EBR-1000-0614-066. Payload: Bowtech cámara HD b/n, Bowtech camera HD color, Tritech Micron MK3 sonar, arm 2GL. Manufacturer: Seabotix (USA)
  • SLOCUM GLIDER
    Underwater glider Mod. SLOCUM G2-Deep (1000 m.) Hybrid. Serial Number: 492. Manufacturer: Teledyne Webb Research (USA)
  • LARS (LAUNCH AND RECOVERY SYSTEM)
    Launch and Recovery System. Mod. LITE compact. Serial Number: 18846. Manufacturer: POMMEC (Netherlands). Designed and built to use the least amount of deck space, with IMCA’s diving standards and your specific requirements and with the following global dimensions: 2,5x2,2x4,3 m. Maximum weight of 3,2 tons
  • WAVEGLIDER ASSV
    Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV). Mod. Wave Glider SV2. Serial Number: 3051. Manufacturer: Liquid Robotics (USA)
  • HYPERBARIC CHAMBER
    1,8 meter containerized hyperbaric chamber with air compressor and air bank included. Mod. IB-180. Year: 2015. Manufacturer: IBERCO (España)
  • GANTRY CRANE MEGA 2.000KG
    Gantry crane with a maximum load capacity of 2 tons
  • WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM - MILI-Q ADVANTAGE
    Production of water Type II and I+. Model: Elix for production of water Type II and Milli-Q Advantage for production of water Type I+. Millipore, Merck
  • FLUOROMETER TRILOGY
    The Trilogy makeS fluorescence, absorbance and turbidity measurements using the appropriate snap-in Application Module. It has excellent sensitivity and a wide measurement range. It’s equipped with a snap-in Chl a Extracted- Non-Acidification module for determination of chlorophyll a in seawater samples and calibration of chlorophyll sensors.
  • HORIZONTAL LAMINAR FLOW CABINET
    Reduce de contamination with particles when handling samples.Model: Class 100 Helios 72, ALS
  • TITRATOR SYSTEM WITH 5 ML/20 ML EXCHANGE UNITS.
    Determination of dissolved oxygen and alkalinity in seawater samples. Titrino 888, Metrohm
  • FUME HOOD
    It is a type of local ventilation device that is designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapours or dusts.

The Test Site encompasses the publicly-owned area of sea and land off the north east coast of Gran Canaria. It is an area of approximately 23 Km2, reaching maximum depths of 600metres. The authorization was approved by the Spanish Council of Ministers on March/2014 and is supported by the Coastal Law 22/1988. Its objective is to drive marine-maritime R+D+I and it is used for testing and monitoring all kinds of scientific and technological activity in the marine environment, including marine energy devices, fitted out for observing meteorological and oceanographic parameters. It will have its own electricity and communications infrastructure to feed power and data from the devices on trial at the test bed, back to shore. The general objective of the test bed is to provide companies and research groups with a chance to demonstrate how the technologies they develop work before marketing them.

In 2017 PLOCAN will have available a 15MW subsea electrical and communication infrastructure that will allow connection of marine technologies testing offshore during their demo stage. It consists of two cabled berths installed at 40m water depth, ideally located on the PLOCAN Test site, approximately 2km offshore. It will be a hub between marine devices and national grid on land. It consists of two submarine medium voltage hybrid cables (13.2kVac cable for the evacuation of electricity, optical fiber for communications and 400Vcc cable for feeding auxiliary equipments).

The test site has the support of the Onshore headquarter, located in Taliarte next to the Port of Taliarte, about 8km from the airport and 20km from the city of Las Palmas GC and the Ports of Las Palmas. The area has meeting rooms, assembly rooms, workshops, operation control rooms, submarine vehicle workshops and calibration tank for submarine vehicles, laboratories (wet and dry), classrooms, offices and multi-purpose rooms as well glider laboratory of 120m2.

  • TALIARTE PORT FACILITIES
    The Port of Taliarte is established as a port that has a berth with 100 m of its own line with water and light supply, 4.5m minimum draft and facilities (2,000 m2) for its two current vessels (25 and 40 meters in length). The port has a sea access ramp that facilitates vehicle testing operations, two warehouses of 40m2, two pipes of 1000mm for connection sea-land-sea and multiple communication and control systems.
  • OFFSHORE AND ONSHORE CONTAINERS
    20ft and 10ft offshore and onshore containers for storage
  • HIGH-FREQUENCY RADAR (2017)
    Surface marine currents monitoring. Model: Seasonde from CODAR
  • NAVIGATION RADAR
    Marine traffic monitoring in the test site. Model: X-band radar 12 kW
  • TWO BOATS
    Two boats operated by PLOCAN personnel. BOAT 1: PLOCAN 1 boat with a capacity for 12 people. Lenght 11,84m, Width: 3.50m, Max Speed: 45 nudes. BOAT 2: PLOCAN 2 with a capacity for 5 people. Lenght 5,20m, Width: 2,18m, Max Speed: 40 nudes.
  • CDTICMar EQUIPMENT

    CIC – Ground-Sea Integrated Communications Center: Ground-sea connection point among the facilites: the marine test site, the oceanic platform and its ground station. It includes communications technologies such as: satellite, WiMAX, TETRA and marine band.

    IPD – Data Processing Infrastructure and Technology: It constitutes the location where the information is processed. It presents resources to provide services based on Cloud Computing and virtual servers. The infrastructure counts with a NAGIOS alarm control system, 8 servers HP Proliant SL2500, a Storage Area Network (SAN) HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 and 2 Uninterrupted Power Supply systems (UPS) HP R5000 INTL.

    IDF – Demonstrations and Training Support Infrastructure: Dissemination and collaboration environment which works as a space for events organization in the marine and maritime sector, training center, commercial products and services presentation and co-working point among companies, universities, public institutions, providers and customers. It includes a 2x3 Samsung UD55C video wall, a Polycom RealPresence500 videoconferencing system, 5 workstations Dell Optiplex 9020, 5 laptops Fujitsu Lifebook E754 HM86, 5 tablets Samsung Galaxy Tabs 10.5”

  • DRON
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying robot, Remotely controlled with onboard sensors and GPS. Model: Phanton 4.
  • DOMO AXIS SECURITY CAMERAS (3 UNITS)
    Axis fixed dome cameras are compact cameras with a vaulted housing. They are discreetly and strategically placed in PLOCAN infrastructures for the supervision of all elements installed in the test site.
  • MINIVAN VEHICLE
    Vehicle COMBI TRENDLINE LARGO 2.0 TDI 140CV supporting logistical activities in the test site.
  • AUXILIARY BUOY (2UNITS)
    Auxiliary buoy, with a 1.6m hull made of rotomoulded polyethylene and filled with expanded polystyrene foam, which ensures flotation in case of a breached skin. Its steel structure supports the mooring and tower evenly, distributing loads on the upper surface of the hull.

The mission of the PLOCAN multidisciplinary observatory is to contribute to the monitoring and modeling of coastal, regional and global ocean phenomena and ecosystems at increasing geographical scales, from shallow waters to great ocean depths and the monitoring of the environmental impact and mitigation effort for all scientific and technical experiments, such as instrumentation testing, deep-sea operations and training activities from the platform. Finally one of the objectives is to offer a large yet continuously controlled area for testing deep observing systems, offering instrumentation benchmarking, calibration and validation services.

  • ACOUSTIC DOPPLER CURRENTMETER PROFILER
    Acoustic Doppler Currentmeter Profiler (ADCP). Marine currents and waves monitoring. Model: RDI 600 kHz
  • HYDROPHONES WITH A SUBMARINE ACOUSTIC RECORDING SYSTEM (3 UNITS)
    In-situ submarine noise monitoring and recording. Model: RESON TC-4032
  • ULTRA LOW FREEZER -86ºC
    Maintain samples at -86ºC
  • PH METER SENSOR
    Measure pH of different low-salinity samples.
  • TIME-SERIES SEDIMENT TRAPS (2 units)
    collect vertically settling particles into individual sample bottles for biogeochemical studies.
  • PHYTOPLANKTON SAMPLER
    Collect samples in user-defined time series to collect trace metals, phytoplankton and suspended particles.
  • CTD FOR OCEANOGRAPHY
    profiler and recorder equipment. Equipped with Pressure, temperature, pH, DO, conductivity and sound speed sensors and a chlorophyll fluorometer. It’s used during oceanographic cruises.
  • HIGH ACCURACY SUBMARINE SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC PH SENSOR
    Measure pH in seawater autonomously deployed in the ocean with the same precision that in the lab.
  • OCEANOGRAPHIC BUOY
    In-situ monitoring of meteorological and oceanographic parameters. Oceanographic parameters: Temperature, Conductivity, ph, Oxygen, Turbidity, Chlorophyll.
  • PH METRO LAB 913
    pH of different low-salinity samples.
  • PORTABLE TURBIDIMETER 2100Q
    Measure turbidity in seawater samples and calibrate turbidity sensors. Model: 2100Q, HACH
  • ACOUSTIC DOPPLER CURRENTMETER PROFILER 400KHz (2 UNITS).
    Marine currents and waves monitoring.400kHZ
  • HYDROPHONE TC4032
    HYDROPHONES WITH A SUBMARINE ACOUSTIC RECORDING SYSTEM (3 UNITs) In-situ submarine noise monitoring and recording. Model: RESON TC-4032
  • UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC DAQ
    An acoustic data acquisition system for shipboard use is disclosed that allows for underwater acoustic data measurements at preselected submerged marine structural coordinates using a free swimming, quiet dynamically positionable remotely operated vehicle (ROV)
  • CONDUCTIVITY AND TEMPERATURE SENSORS
    To measure conductivity and temperature. Conductivity is used to estimate salinity in the sample.
  • ACOUSTIC DOPPLER CURRENTMETER PROFILER SINGLE POINT.
    Marine currents and waves monitoring. Model: RDI 600 kHz