During the spring of 2011, Innovayt was contracted by and collaborated with a consortium of leading European industrial and academic from 5 different countries within the area of Renewable Offshore Energy. The collaboration concerned the development and preparation of a proposal for the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research called H2OCEAN. The project has been favorably evaluated by independent experts, will receive a grant of approximately €4,5 million and had its kick-off meeting last week.
The H2OCEAN project targets rational exploitation of oceans space and resources. The consortium aims at developing an innovative design for an economically and environmentally sustainable multi-use open-sea platform. The H2OCEAN platform will harvest wind and wave power, using part of the energy on-site for multiple applications – including a multi-trophic aquaculture farm and convert on-site the excess energy into hydrogen that can be stored and shipped to shore as green energy carrier. The H2OCEAN concept lies in the novel approach of integration of different activities into a shared multi-use platform and the transmission of offshore-generated renewable electrical energy through hydrogen. This conceptual model avoids the grid imbalance problem inherent to current offshore renewable energy systems and eliminates the need for cost-prohibitive cable transmission systems.