The VII Educational Marine Robotics Meeting of PLOCAN, organised by PLOCAN with the collaboration of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT), ‘La Caixa’ Foundation, the Municipal Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the Canary Island Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency of the Canary Island Government (ACIISI) and the University of Gerona, was celebrated in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. During this year, 92 high schools from Spain and Portugal have partipated in the EDUROVs initiative, and 50 of them attended the event celebrated in the municipal pool of San Fernando de Maspalomas. Moreover, the Vice President and Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Government of the Canary Islands, Pablo Rodríguez, the Government Sub-delegate in Las Palmas, Teresa Mayans, the General Director of Universities of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ciro Gutiérrez, the Mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Marco Aurelio Pérez and the executive of La Caixa, Francisco Trujillo also attended the meeting.
Students of Agricultural and Rural Engineering from the University of La Laguna visited the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands during their training programme.
The third Plenary Assembly of the European EUroMarineRobots –EUMR- (Marine Robotics Research Infrastructure Network) Project, which objective is to develop a large number of vehicles, tools and infrastructure in order to be available to the scientific community and research and development groups through transnational access, was celebrated in the Head Office of Ifremer in Toulon (France).
A part-scale prototype of a new single point mooring system will be installed at the Test Site of PLOCAN by a consortium of nine partners led by X1 Wind in 2020 within the framework of the PivotBuoy project (Advanced System for Cost-effective and Reliable Mooring, Connection, Installation & Operation of Floating Wind), led by X1 Wind and funded by the European Union in order to reduce the cost of floating wind energy.