PLOCAN signs the agreement for the constitution of the aggregated ICTS MARHIS

By February 9, 2021 News

PLOCAN’s Test Site has joined the MARHIS Aggregated Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (ICTS) together with the Integrated Coastal Infrastructures for Experimentation and Simulation (iCIEM) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Great Basin of Maritime Engineering of Cantabria (GTIM -CCOB) of the Foundation Institute for Environmental Hydraulics of Cantabria, the El Pardo Hydrodynamics Experiences Centre (CEHIPAR) of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) and the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP).

PLOCAN has signed the agreement that establishes the collaboration between the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Foundation Institute for Environmental Hydraulics of Cantabria, the INTA, and the Biscay Marine Energy Platform, to establish the aggregated ICTS and approve its operating regulations.

The Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) are infrastructures that allow undertaking ambitious research projects and, consequently, attracting talent and increasing the technological and innovative capacity of Spanish companies. ICTS are open to competitive access by users from the research community, from the public and private sectors. ICTS can be single location or form networks, such as MARHIS that constitutes an Aggregated Infrastructure (ID).

The ICTS Map includes all these infrastructures and is a long-term planning and development tool for the ICTS in a coordinated manner between the General State Administration and the Autonomous Communities.

On November 6, 2018, the Council of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CPCTI) approved the update of the ICTS Map that included the aggregated ICTS MARHIS initially formed by two infrastructures: the Integrated Coastal Infrastructures for Experimentation and Simulation (iCIEM) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and the Great Basin of Maritime Engineering of Cantabria (GTIM-CCOB) of the Foundation Institute for Environmental Hydraulics of Cantabria.

The update of the ICTS Map involved the incorporation of the PLOCAN’s Test Site to the ICTS MARHIS, with the El Pardo Hydrodynamics Experiences Centre (CEHIPAR) and the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP).

MARHIS aims to increase the competitiveness and efficiency of the ICTS in the field of offshore and coastal marine engineering, naval architecture, and associated technologies, offering its infrastructures and services in a coordinated manner. MARHIS will coordinate and bring together existing resources in a series of geographically distributed infrastructures, and it will offer a coordinated mechanism of competitive access.