MUSICA Project Receives Welcome Political Support

By Graham UCC on December 17, 2021 in MUSICA News Articles, Press Release

The MUSICA Project received welcome support from political leaders and municipality representatives of Chios and Oinousses, Greece, at a recent virtual information session.

The event was held as part of the projects ongoing commitment to efforts to maintain transparency and high engagement levels with residents of the islands in relation to ongoing developments within MUSICA.

The free event featured leading participants from the project discussing a number of important aspects regarding MUSICA progress, as well as highlighting the benefits the project is seeking to bring to the island of Oinousses.

The event covered the ongoing Environmental Impact Assessment procedures, the potential for Aquaculture opportunities and the Desalination process in addition to a case study on the Municipal Desalinated Water Network on the island of Chios.

The event attracted considerable political interest, with the Presidents of the Municipalities of Chios and Oinousses both in attendance. The General Secretary for the Municipality of Chios, Antonios Zervakis, attended the event and reaffirmed the Municipality’s support in the MUSICA Project as well as its commitment to participation in the creation of an energy community. “The Municipality of Chios, in realizing the need to utilize renewable energy sources, is an active supporter of the innovative MUSICA project.” In addition, the Mayor of Oinousses, George Daniil, spoke and reaffirmed the Municipality’s continued support during the information session.

MUSICA is an innovative project committed to the planning and development of a Multi-purpose Platform, which will generate electricity from wind, waves and the sun to enhance the energy supply in the area of Oinousses. The region was specifically selected by the European Union for a trial solution to problems such as power and water outages regularly faced by small island and coastal areas. The Multi-purpose Platform utilizes available energy sources, in addition to offering potential for job creation.

MUSICA Info Session Nov 24
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MUSICA Makes Key Contribution to International Energy Agency Publication

By Graham UCC on October 15, 2021 in MUSICA News Articles, Press Release

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Technology Collaboration programme on Ocean Energy Systems (OES) recently published in-depth interviews with six key players in the ocean energy sector, including MUSICA Project Coordinator Dr Gordon Dalton.

This publication is the second one of a series of interviews on projects and initiatives on prospective market opportunities for ocean energy in several parts of the world.

In the interview, Dr Dalton, Senior research fellow at PLOCAN in the Canary Islands, and coordinator of MARIBE and MUSICA European funded projects, responds to whether multiple-use of space or multi-use platforms can have viable economic futures.

Commenting on these six interviews, Yann-Hervé, Chairman of the IEA-OES said, “We see in these examples that ocean energy technologies can be an attractive option for different energy markets within the Blue Economy, which needs to be fully compatible with the energy transition. It is important to consider how appropriate policies in regulation, licensing and financing can support their adoption.

“Stakeholder interviews conducted by IEA-OES show that small islands present a compelling argument for the exploitation of their ocean energy resource potential, and the importance of engaging local communities and local authorities in a dialogue that highlights these projects as a platform for job creation and social improvement. Energy problems faced by many islands and coastal regions can be solved by harnessing the available renewable energy resources of the sun, wind and ocean to supply electricity and freshwater. The idea of multi-use of the sea can be an efficient allocation of compatible activities in the same ocean space providing socioeconomic and environmental benefits.”

Dr Dalton said of MUSICA’s participation in the IEA brochure, “We are pleased to be able to participate in this publication and expand in detail upon the goals of the MUSICA Project. The challenges faced by Island and coastal communities in terms of energy sources requires innovative approaches and we believe MUSICA offers one such solution that will allow an effective transition to clean and renewable energy sources. We welcomed the opportunity to participate with the IEA project whose aim is to provide an understanding of the potential of ocean energy to co-locate with aquaculture and to supply energy for the sector.”

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MUSICA, which stands for “Multiple Use of Space for Island Clean Autonomy”, is a recent European-funded project, coordinated by Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). The project is seeking to accelerate the roadmap to commercialisation of a combination of Multi-Use Platform (MUP) and Multi-use of Space (MUS) for the small island market. The Greek island of Oinousses was selected as a trial for this multipurpose floating offshore platform.

MUSICA will provide a full suite of Blue Growth solutions including:

  • Three forms of renewable energy (RE) (wind, PV and wave), providing high RES penetration and competitively affordable electricity.
  • Innovative energy storage systems on the MUP, will provide all required storage for power on the island and platform, as well as electrical output smoothening (compressed air storage and batteries).
  • Smart energy system for the island, including: demand response, modelling and forecasting based on high flexibility services from distributed generation.
  • Desalinated water made by desalination unit on the MUP powered by RES providing 1000m3 fresh water for a water stressed island.
  • “Green” support services for island’s aquaculture production.



Contact Name: Graham Lynch

Project: MUSICA


PLOCAN takes over coordination of EU funded projects GRRIP and MUSICA

By Graham UCC on October 7, 2021 in MUSICA News Articles, Press Release

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) has been confirmed as the new coordinator of two leading European research projects.

MUSICA (Multiple-use-of Space for Island Clean Autonomy) and GRRIP (Grounding RRI Practices in Research Performing Organisations in Marine and Maritime) are both funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

In assuming the new coordinator role PLOCAN will be required to guide the projects through their respective periodic review processes to ensure they meet the requirements set out in the European Commission’s Grant Agreements. MUSICA has recently entered the second of its five phases, with GRRIP entering its third and final reporting period.

In addition to the new coordinator role at the MUSICA project, PLOCAN are leading the testing, monitoring, operation and maintenance of the multi-use platform on Oinnouses. PLOCAN will also contribute to the replicability plans and feasibility studies of the solution on Gran Canaria Island (Spain).

PLOCAN is also one of five Marine and Maritime (M&M) research performing organisations (RPO) in GRRIP. The aim of GRRIP is to embed Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their governance frameworks, structures and cultures.

Dr Ayoze Castro, Head of the Innovation Unit at PLOCAN said, “We are immensely proud and excited to be taking on the role of coordinator for these two important and ambitious projects. MUSICA will represent one of the very first multipurpose offshore platforms in Europe. We fully believe that MUSICA is the logical follow-on from previous MUP projects and is the best route to commercialisation of the MUP/ MUS concept, balancing operator and investor risk, and acceleration of progress.

“With regards to GRRIP, we are of the opinion that this project represents a key milestone in the development of Responsible Research and Innovation in the fields of Marine Sciences. While there has been significant work done on the concept of RRI by EU projects over the past 20 years, many of the projects relating to institutional change for RPO&RFOs have typically focused on one of the five keys individually. GRRIP’s emphasis on the aim of grounding RRI practices in the RPO&RFOs themselves as part of an integrated approach makes it a unique and important project.”

Dr Gordon Dalton, from Ireland, has taken up the post of coordinator for the two projects. Dr Dalton brings with him the expertise of past coordination of two previous Horizon 2020 projects. Speaking on his new post, Dr Dalton, says, “I am very excited to take up the coordinator role for these two projects, and I’m keen to maximize the exploitation opportunities for PLOCAN and the Canary Island.

“I am determined to build and deploy multi-use platform technology in Gran Canaria, bringing construction and installation jobs for the region. Multiuse platforms will advance the Canary islands journey in sustainability, bringing green electricity and fresh water to the islands. The principles from the GRRIP project will ensure that exploitation of the MUSICA project will be both responsible and innovative for the Canary Islands.”

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The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a multipurpose service centre with land-based and novel sea-based infrastructures to support research, technology development and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors. Its mission is to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean, providing a cost-effective combination of services, such as an ocean observatory, a marine test site, a base for underwater vehicles, training and an innovation hub.

PLOCAN is a joint initiative of the Spanish and the Canary Islands governments, with the contribution of the European Regional Development Fund, and is included in the Spanish Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS). PLOCAN is configured as a Test Site where projects focused on testing and demonstrating maritime technologies so contributing to increase their technology readiness level (TRL) and speeding up market uptake.

PLOCAN’s staff and management team have both an extensive experience in the preparation, implementation, and management of large projects in the marine and maritime sectors. Since 2009 they have participated in more than 90 national and EU funded projects both as coordinators and partners.


About GRRIP                                                                                                                     

The GRRIP Project (Grant Agreements 820283) is committed to creating a sustainable, growing and proactive marine and maritime RRI community. GRRIP will embed sustainable RRI practices in 4 research performing organisations (RPO) and 1 dual-function RPO and research funding organisation (RPO/RFO) (total 5 RPO & RFO) in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve institutional and cultural change.

The project has 5 case studies in five countries: PLOCAN (Las Palmas, Canary Islands), MaREI (Cork, Ireland), Swansea University (Swansea, Wales, UK), WavEC (Lisbon, Portugal) and Centrale Nantes (Nantes, France).


About MUSICA                                                                      

The MUSICA project (Grant Agreements 862252) aims to create a one-stop trial solution to address the energy problems faced by many islands and coastal regions. MUSICA’s Multi-Use Platform will reduce the need for importing expensive and harmful fossil fuels by harnessing the available renewable energy resources of the sun, wind and waves to produce an autonomous, readily available supply of electricity and fresh water.

MUSICA is a consortium comprised of 15 partner organisations; University College Cork (Coordinator), Heriot-Watt University, University of the Aegean, Municipality of Chios, University of Malta, Coral Ltd, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations, Network of Sustainable Greek Islands, Platforma Oceania de Canarias, Innosea, Aquabiotech Ltd, NeoDyne Ltd, SinnPower Gmbh, INSB Class International Classification Society, Forkys


For more information:

Contact: Graham Lynch, GRRIP / MUSICA Dissemination & Communications Officer


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

By SalM on December 5, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles, Press Release

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.

Professors from Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre for Island Technology Talk about Multi Use of Space in Orkney.

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.


For further information please contact Graham Lynch (Project Dissemination & Communications Officer) at

Technical Aspects in the MUSICA Project

By SalM on November 22, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles, Press Release

Neodyne has a large role in the design and development of the MUSICA platform. Peter from Neodyne explains details 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.


For further information please contact Graham Lynch (Project Dissemination & Communications Officer) at

MUSICA is extremely important to the local community and economy

By SalM on October 26, 2020 in MUSICA News Articles, Press Release

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.


For further information please contact Graham Lynch (Project Dissemination & Communications Officer) at

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, Press Release

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

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Participants’ Mentimeter

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For further information please contact Graham Lynch (Project Dissemination & Communications Officer) at

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
Meeting ID: 973 1683 7584


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.
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


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:
Meeting ID: 973 1683 7584