Multi-Use of Space supports the sustainable use of the sea – HWU

By SalM on October 26, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

Professors from Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre for Island Technology Talk about Multi Use of Space in Orkney. Orkney is a relatively small chain of islands, there are bout 70 of them. Like all coastal communities, it is defined by the sea around it. The waters of Europe are straining from cumulative impacts of population, coastal development and the urgent pressures of maintaining a constant supply of food and energy. The EU’s blue-growth policy recognizes that critical dependence on healthy oceans with tools like maritime spatial planning to support the cycle of the blue economy.

Dr Tim Noble says that marine activities such as tourism, fishing, oil, gas exploitation and renewable energy affect the marine space. The idea is to put those activities together in Multi-Use Platforms to save marine space. It also enables operators to share cost and infrastructure. Island communities often struggle for resources but Orkney is especially affected by the weather. On the other hand, there is a lot of energy potential such as wave, wind, tidal streams. They are working in very hazardous waters so they needed to learn how to safely work in this environment and are hoping to transfer this knowledge to other similar communities.

About the partner

Heriot-Watt University is a public research university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the School of Arts of Edinburgh, the world’s first mechanics’ institute, and subsequently granted university status by royal charter in 1966. It is the eighth oldest higher education institute in UK. The name Heriot-Watt was taken from Scottish inventor James Watt and Scottish philanthropist and goldsmith George Heriot. Known for its focus on science and engineering, it is one of the 39 old universities in the UK comprising the distinctive second cluster of elite universities after Oxbridge.

MUSICA is extremely important to the local community and economy

By SalM on October 26, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

Last week MUSICA project organised the public engagement sessions (October 14, 2020) on developing a unique Multi-Use Platform on Oinousses that will generate electricity from the wind, waves and sun to boost local energy supply, and also produce desalinated water.

During the visit to Greece and the islands of Oinousses and Chios, after successfully organised workshops, prof. dr. Gordon Dalton, coordinator of MUSICA Project along with prof. dr. Nikitas Nikitakos visited the rector of the University of the Aegean, professor Chryssi Vitsilaki, in Lesvos, last Friday (October 16, 2020).

Dr. Dalton presented that the innovative MUSICA Project team is developing a ‘Multi-Use Platform’ that will generate electricity, produce enough desalinated water to meet the daily needs of the island and establish a fish farm.

“The Multi-Use Platform makes use of available energy resources; offers related job opportunities, and saves costs by combining activities in one space-efficient package”, said Dr. Dalton.

Prof. Chryssi Vitsilaki expressed that she is extremely proud that the University of the Aegean is a partner in the MUSICA project.

“This is one of the biggest infrastructure projects and it is extremely important to the local stakeholder community and the future economy”, explained prof. Vitsilaki.

Discussion continued about the two other Horizon2020 projects that Dr. Dalton also coordinates, RRING and GRRIP Project. “RRING (Responsible Research and Innovation Networked Globally) project seeks to make research and innovation systems everywhere more responsible, inclusive, efficient and responsive as an integral part of society and economy, and GRRIP is working on embedding sustainable Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI practices) in the marine and maritime research organisations to achieve institutional and cultural change”, explained prof. dr. Dalton.

Since she promoted gender equality and RRI in the university for over a decade, prof. Chryssi Vitsilaki had a great interest in these projects.

“I would be very keen for future collaboration projects between the coordinator from University College Cork, University of the Aegean and MUSICA partners”, concluded prof. Chryssi Vitsilaki at the end of the meeting.

Technical Aspects in the MUSICA Project

By SalM on October 22, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

Neodyne has a large role in the design and development of the MUSICA platform. Peter from Neodyne explains deatils about their task of combining all the systems into one.

MUP holds Wind Turbines that are using their blades to capture wind force. They are made of very light and resilient materials and this is why they can produce energy at very low wind speeds. The blades are connected to a generator that converts wind’s kinetic energy to electricity. Further, there is a transformer that converts electricity into a usuable voltage. The sun emits energy in the forms of waves in length from short ultraviolet to long infrared waves. When the sun is shining the waves hit the surface of the solar cells. Some waves pass through the cells and some are reflected back. But a significant portion of waves are absorbed which in turn current flow. Solar cell produces just a couple of wats but combaining hundreds produce signifcant power output. The aquaculture unit is an autnomous fish farm which has an scheduled feeding process and monitoring system that ensures that fish are healthy. Desalination plant will produce fresh portable water using renewable energy. It puts sea water through the water to remove the salt.

About the partner

NeoDyne Ltd. is an Irish company founded in 1998 employing over 100 automation, electrical, instrument, business systems and validation engineers and specialists. Our business is structured as three specialisations, namely: System Integration, Power Generation & Utilities, Transmission & Distribution They supply the Pharmaceutical, Food, Beverage, Natural Gas, Oil, Electricity and Mining industries. Our key markets are for robust applications requiring innovation, very high reliability, long life and specialised know-how involving critical utilities with zero interruption tolerance. This company offers Control, Automation, Industrial Plant Information and Electrical Engineering solutions, services and systems integration. Our team is experienced in PLC, SCADA, Failsafe and Fault-tolerant PLC, DCS, BMS, Safety Systems, Industrial Data Processing, Fermenters, Chromatography Purification Systems, Sterilisers, Sterile Filling Lines, Lyophilisers, Validation, Compliance, Communications, Medium and Low Voltage, Standby and CoGen Power Generation, Gas Turbines, Diesels, Boilers, Burner Management, Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution, ESD, Fire & Gas, Fire Alarms, Fire and Explosion Suppression, Fiscal Metering of Gas and Electricity, Cathodic Protection, ATEX Compliance, Cooling Towers and Refrigeration, Softening, DIW and WFI Water Plant, Waste Water and general industrial utilities.

Multi-Use platform construction phase to pilot demo stages

By SalM on October 21, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

In crowded seas such as those around the European Union – including, for example, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Mediterranean – pressures on the environment are building and space is at a premium. One idea that has been put forward to make more efficient use of the seas and minimise the footprint of human activities is offshore platforms that combine multiple uses. n principle, platforms offer efficiencies, such as maximising the amount of energy generated from one platform if different energy generation methods are used, while minimising the amount of space taken up and saving on operational and maintenance costs.

Ayoze Castro, Innovation Manager at PLOCAN talks about it’s role in the development of the Multi-Use Platform and MUSICA project. PLOCAN was created in 2007 as a public consortium between National Government of  Spain and regional Government of Canary Islands. It has been included as part of spanish netwrok of unique technical infrastructure in order to exploit certain competetive advantages of the region. The final goal is to be closer to the companies and the productive market to try to support innovation requirments rather than to produce basic research.

PLOCAN has land-based and naval(sea)-based facilities to support development in marine & maritime sectors. Main facility includes a dedicated marine test site, fixed off shore platform acting as ocean laboratory and coastal open ocean opservatory. With this main structures they offer natural services of hosting new prototypes and techonologies for conducting validation and demonstration test in real enviroinment. PLOCAN is a governmental body that facilitates and accelarates all the operations and logistics of construction and deployment of prototypes. In particular speeding up the authoritations and permits. PLOCAN offers proffesional capacities with land-based facilities, specialized training programs and robust network to ensure bilateral communication between land and sea.

About the partner

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a Research Infrastructure (RI) labeled by the ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure) Spanish National Roadmap, co-funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Spanish government and the Canary Islands government and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Operational Programme of the Canary Islands. PLOCAN is a multipurpose technical-scientific service infrastructure that provides support for research, technological development and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors, available to public and private users. PLOCAN offers both onshore and offshore experimental facilities and laboratories, operational throughout the whole year thanks to the Canary Islands excellent climatic conditions. PLOCAN also brings a broad experience in large national and EU marine/maritime projects.

SINN Power: How to harvest energy from the different renewable energy technologies?

By SalM on October 20, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

Renewable energy (sources) or RES capture their energy from existing flows of energy, from on-going natural processes, such as sunshine, wind, flowing water, biological processes, and geothermal heat flows. The most common definition is that renewable energy is from an energy resource that is replaced rapidly by a natural process such as power generated from the sun or from the wind. Renewable energy resources may be used directly or used to create other more convenient forms of energy. Examples of direct use are solar ovens, geothermal heating, and windmills. Examples of indirect use which require energy harvesting are electricity generation through wind turbines or photovoltaic cells, or production of fuels such as ethanol from biomass.

Developing adequate technology in order to harvest energy from multiple energy sources is a long-lasting process that consists of many steps. Martha from SINN Power talks about their path to harvesting renewable energy.
Through the years SINN Power successfully installed different generations of harbour mounted prototypes in Crete. Its generations show their advances and how prototypes have resisted Through best and worst conditions. From the third generation, a whole family of new electronics was born. This family is a solution on how to harvest energy from different renewable energy sources

Each renewable energy source has its own variability through time depending on the region. These waterproof and silk components provide optimal and secure energy into the grid. Through the requirements of for the wave energy converters, an opportunity presented itself to expand their product line to an ocean-hybrid platform. This robust platform combines experience and development for the floating energy converters with already existing renewable energy technologies. Through their work, for the last years and with the MUSICA project they learned that every location is different and all the possibilities must be considered when adapting certain technology to a new location.

About the partner

SINN Power offers energy solutions to provide people living near coasts all over the world with access to clean electricity to enable sustainable development and contribute to our planet at the same time. In 2014, Dr. Philipp Sinn founded the company SINN Power based on intense years of academic research. The main goal was and still is today, to turn the unlimited power of ocean waves into clean and cost-efficient energy that is accessible for everyone.

Why is Aquaculture such an important part of our project?

By SalM on October 16, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production sector. The global demand for high-protein food such as fish is increasing and marine aquaculture presents an enormous opportunity for any country’s economy. The planet has seen a 122% increase in fish consumption since 1990 and from 1990 until 2018 global aquaculture production increased 527%.

MUSICA will provide a full suite of Blue Growth solutions for a small island including green support services for the island’s aquaculture and three forms of renewable energy (RE): wind, Photovoltaic (PV) and wave, innovative energy storage systems on the Multi-Use Platform (MUP), smart energy system for the island and desalinated water. Fish farming activities will be based on the platform.

Aquaculture (also known as aquafarming, is the farming of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, aquatic plants, algae, and other organisms. Aquaculture involves cultivating freshwater and saltwater populations under controlled conditions and can be contrasted with commercial fishing, which is the harvesting of wild fish. Mariculture refers to aquaculture practiced in marine environments and in underwater habitats.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), aquaculture “is understood to mean the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and aquatic plants. Farming implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated.”

The reported output from global aquaculture operations in 2014 supplied over one half of the fish and shellfish that is directly consumed by humans. However, there are issues about the reliability of the reported figures. Further, in current aquaculture practice, products from several pounds of wild fish are used to produce one pound of a piscivorous fish like salmon.

Particular kinds of aquaculture include fish farming, shrimp farming, oyster farming, mariculture, algaculture (such as seaweed farming), and the cultivation of ornamental fish. Particular methods include aquaponics and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, both of which integrate fish farming and aquatic plant farming.

 

Public Engagement and Multi Use Platform on Oinousses and Chios

By SalM on October 15, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

As part of the MUSICA Project activities, several workshops are planned for key MUSICA stakeholders covering Multi Use Platform (MUP) and Smart Island topics. Yesterday, on the islands of Oinousses and Chios, it was our first opportunity to share MUSICA’s aims and progress with the public.


What did we learn yesterday?


This event informed islanders about how renewable energy, desalination and aquaculture can work together on one multiple-use platform. At the same time, guided activities gave participants a forum to discuss these topics; ask questions from MUSICA leadership; present ideas and concerns.

Input from community representatives in Chios and Oinousses—along with local authority, industry and research institutions—is vital to realising MUSICA’s ambitions to demonstrate how the needs of small islands everywhere (clean energy, fresh water, food, and employment) can be addressed through renewable technology using local resources. The event’s key purpose was to build links between different stakeholders and involve local people at an early stage in the Project.

What we learn from each other is shared on our website where the discussion can continue. Feedback helps us create follow-on workshops that will bring these same groups together to report on MUSICA progress and provide education and training around its benefits.


SINN Power: How to harvest energy from the different renewable energy technologies?



Multi-Use platform construction phase to pilot demo stages



What is the role of NeoDyne in the MUSICA Project? – Technical aspects



Why is AQUACULTURE such an important aspect of MUSICA – ZOE GLETCHER, AQUABIOTECH Group


Find also AquaBioTech presentation here.


Multi-Use of Space supports the sustainable use of the sea – HWU



Why is community involvement important? – ICoRSA



From Multi-Use of Space to Multi-Use Platform


Download the presentation here

Participants’ Mentimeter


Find out more about Participants’ Mentimeter

Online session: What are the benefits of the Multi-Use Platform for the Chios Municipality?

By SalM on October 13, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles

Πώς θα αποκτήσετε περισσότερη ηλεκτρική ενέργεια, πόσιμο νερό και μια ιχθυοκαλλιέργεια;

Η Πλατφόρμα Πολλαπλών Χρήσεων προσφέρει λύσεις για την παροχή καθαρής ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας και πολλά άλλα!

Να η ευκαιρία να μοιραστείτε τις απόψεις σας, καθώς ένα πραγματικό ενεργειακό έργο αναπτύσσεται.

Χίος, 14 Οκτωβρίου 2020, Διαδικτυακό σεμινάριο

https://zoom.us/j/97316837584
Meeting ID: 973 1683 7584

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Οι εταίροι του ευρωπαϊκού έργου MUSICA εργάζονται για την ανάπτυξη «λύσης μιας στάσης» (one-stop solution) σε μια Πλατφόρμα Πολλαπλών Χρήσεων που θα παράγει ηλεκτρική ενέργεια και νερό χρησιμοποιώντας την ενέργεια από τρεις ανανεώσιμες πηγές: τον άνεμο, τον ήλιο και τα κύματα. Η ποσότητα νερού της μονάδας αφαλάτωσης της πλατφόρμας, θα είναι ικανή να καλύψει τις ανάγκες 800 ατόμων. Λίγο πιο δίπλα θα λειτουργεί μία ιχθυοκαλλιέργεια που θα τροφοδοτείται απευθείας με την πράσινη ενέργεια που θα παράγεται στην πλατφόρμα.

Θέλετε να μάθετε πώς αυτό το 5ετές έργο μπορεί να επηρεάσει τις κοινότητες της Χίου και των Οινουσσών; Ποιες είναι οι προκλήσεις σχεδιασμού; Ποιοί θα ωφεληθούν από το έργο; Μήπως εσύ?

Για να ενημερώνεστε από τους εταίρους του MUSICA για την πρόοδο του έργου, να ανταλλάσσουμε ιδέες και να συνεχίσουμε τη δράση για βιώσιμες λύσεις παντού, απλώς εγγραφείτε στις δημόσιες συζητήσεις μας.

https://zoom.us/j/97316837584
Meeting ID: 973 1683 7584


How to get more electricity, fresh water and a fish farm?
Multi-Use Platforms offer clean energy supply solutions and much more!

Here’s your chance to share your views as a real energy project develops.

Chios, 14 October 2020, Online Webinar

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The EU’s MUSICA Project partners are working to develop a one-stop solution in a Multi-Use Platform that will produce electricity and fresh water using renewable power from the wind and waves. The floating platform will provide enough desalinated water to meet the needs of 800 people. A remote fish farm will operate directly from the green energy produced.

Do you want to know how this 5-year project might influence the communities of Chios and Oinousses? What the design challenges are? Who stands to benefit? Do you?

Chios, Join us online!

To learn from MUSICA partners about our progress, exchange ideas and continue the action for sustainable solutions everywhere, simply register for our public discussions in Chios.

The event will be held online via zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/97316837584
Meeting ID: 973 1683 7584

Public Discussion: How to get more electricity, fresh water and a fish farm on Oinousses

By SalM on October 12, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles


Πώς θα αποκτήσετε περισσότερη ηλεκτρική ενέργεια, πόσιμο νερό και μια ιχθυοκαλλιέργεια;

Η Πλατφόρμα Πολλαπλών Χρήσεων προσφέρει λύσεις για την παροχή καθαρής ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας και πολλά άλλα!

Να η ευκαιρία να μοιραστείτε τις απόψεις σας, καθώς ένα πραγματικό ενεργειακό έργο αναπτύσσεται.

Οινούσσες, 14 Οκτωβρίου 2020, Δημαρχείο (Ένωση Φίλων Οινουσών)

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Οι εταίροι του ευρωπαϊκού έργου MUSICA εργάζονται για την ανάπτυξη «λύσης μιας στάσης» (one-stop solution) σε μια Πλατφόρμα Πολλαπλών Χρήσεων που θα παράγει ηλεκτρική ενέργεια και νερό χρησιμοποιώντας την ενέργεια από τρεις ανανεώσιμες πηγές: τον άνεμο, τον ήλιο και τα κύματα. Η ποσότητα νερού της μονάδας αφαλάτωσης της πλατφόρμας, θα είναι ικανή να καλύψει τις ανάγκες 800 ατόμων. Λίγο πιο δίπλα θα λειτουργεί μία ιχθυοκαλλιέργεια που θα τροφοδοτείται απευθείας με την πράσινη ενέργεια που θα παράγεται στην πλατφόρμα.

Θέλετε να μάθετε πώς αυτό το 5ετές έργο μπορεί να επηρεάσει τις κοινότητες της Χίου και των Οινουσσών; Ποιες είναι οι προκλήσεις σχεδιασμού; Ποιοί θα ωφεληθούν από το έργο; Μήπως εσύ?

10:30 – 13:00 – Συνεδρία: Πώς η πλατφόρμα πολλαπλών χρήσεων θα επηρεάσει την κοινότητα των Οινουσσών, τους πολίτες, τους ιχθυοκαλλιεργητές; Ποια είναι τα οφέλη για εσάς – Διαδραστικό εργαστήριο με νησιώτες – απογευματινή συνεδρία

Για να ενημερώνεστε από τους εταίρους του MUSICA για την πρόοδο του έργου, να ανταλλάσσουμε ιδέες και να συνεχίσουμε τη δράση για βιώσιμες λύσεις παντού, απλώς εγγραφείτε στις δημόσιες συζητήσεις μας.

Oinousses Event Announcement


How to get more electricity, fresh water and a fish farm?

Multi-Use Platforms offer clean energy supply solutions and much more!

Here’s your chance to share your views as a real energy project develops.

Oinousses, 14 October 2020,  Oinousses at City Council Hall (Οinousses Friends Association)
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The EU’s MUSICA Project partners are working to develop a one-stop solution in a Multi-Use Platform that will produce electricity and fresh water using renewable power from the wind and waves. The floating platform will provide enough desalinated water to meet the needs of 800 people. A remote fish farm will operate directly from the green energy produced.

Do you want to know how this 5-year project might influence the communities of Chios and Oinousses? What the design challenges are? Who stands to benefit? Do you?

  • Event: A solution for the electricity shortage and lack of freshwater: Multi-Use Platform on Oinousses

    • 10:30 -12:00 – Session 1: How Multi-Use platform will influence on Oinousses community, citizens, fish farmers? What are the benefits for you – Interactive workshop with islanders
    • 12:00 – 13:00 – Interactive workshop with islanders

    Hall capacity with COVID-measures is around 50persons.

Join us! Oinousess, 14 October 2020.

To learn from MUSICA partners about our progress, exchange ideas and continue the action for sustainable solutions everywhere, simply register for our public discussions.