The MARCET project transfers and disseminates cutting-edge science and technology in order to promote growth and sustainable development of tourism directly and indirectly related to Whale Watching, through the creation of new eco-innovative products and services. In particular, centres specialised in the monitoring and tracking of cetacean health and in operational oceanography will be brought together from across the region in order to integrate, harmonise and optimise knowledge, infrastructures and best practices in the region.
MARCET contributes to the investment priorities that are determined by the smart specialization strategies of the 3 FEDER regions (RIS3). As such, it contributes directly to the social-economic evaluation of the R+D of the marine sciences (in the Canary Islands), to the enhancement of the cooperation and promotion of innovative actions related with the sea (in the Azores Islands) and to the sustainable exploitation of the marine resources and technologies (Madeira Islands). Moreover, involving marine science and technologies directly with the whale watching companies contributes to the improvement of the business competition and diversification of the specialized tourism in all three regions. This is achieved by the appreciation and protection of its biodiversity through sustainable development. Additionally, in the MARCET project it is promoted for the 3 regions the integration of advanced knowledge and expertise in the cutting-edge information and communication technologies (ICTs) which will lead to the increasing of the digital knowledge of the marine sciences and the specialized tourism in the Macaronesian region.
MARCET also contributes to the scientific and economic development of Cape Verde and Senegal, two major Macaronesian TCs (Third Countries) which are included in the MAC 2014-2020 program. They participate through the exchange of means and resources with the FEDER regions which promotes a transfer and sharing of knowledge and technology for the study of cetaceans and their habitat.
The objective of the ECOMARPORT project is to promote marine and maritime R&D and innovation in European and African Macaronesia by creating an operational network of environmental and marine observation of water and air quality in ports (eco-ports in Macaronesia). This will be achieved via the development and use of the latest in sustainable technology, the creation of useful products and tools for its users, and through the co-operation and appropriate and efficient technology transfer between the public and private sectors in the field of marine and maritime science and technology, promoting business opportunities within the context of Blue Growth.
To this end, ECOMARPORT will include innovative technological developments through new measurement instruments, services and tools for environmental management and impact assessment, making it possible to validate results, products and services in terms of their social and management value.
Despite possessing an array of desalination plants whose size and variety is unique in the world, there is no cohesive group of researchers within the Co-operation Area that responds to the needs of the Sector. It is necessary to support R&D&I in desalination (for domestic supply and agricultural use), to examine the interface between water and energy and to allocate resources in a co-ordinated manner to resolve challenges and for innovative and demonstrative projects related to water desalination technology and the applied use of renewable energy, in accordance with the RIS3 priorities and EU-Blue Growth. DESAL+ proposes to:
The project WIP 10+, “Wind integrated platform for 10+ MW power per foundation” will demonstrate at sea and at significant scale a fully integrated offshore wind floating platform Wind2Power that holds a couple twin wind turbines of up to 6 MW each, and that it is also able to host additional functions due to its size.
The objectives of the innovation are:
The project addresses the need for cost reduction in offshore wind by providing a light but large semisubmersible platform able to host two 5-6 MW wind turbines for a total of 10-12 MW per platform.
Specific expected results are: validation of numerical and laboratory estimations on forces and motions, proof of engineering design including moorings and wind vanning platform concept. More comprehensive expected results are survivability of the platform through winter conditions in real sea environment, quantification of cost reduction compared to two floating wind turbines, and optimization and validation of specific installation, operation and maintenance procedures.