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FINO3 Platform

FINO 3 Platform

LOCATION

Germany

Country

North Sea

Basin

FUE, SUB, KMF, DNV, UG, NSF, DTU, BBE

Partners

Project Lead Partner - FUE

Eva Fino platform

 Contact Person:

Eva Strothotte

Email:

Eva.Strothotte@fh-kiel-gmbh.de

Pilot Overview

The FINO3 platform, located 80 km offshore in the North Sea and operated by FUE, is the perfect location for testing and demonstrating a commercially viable aquaculture operation. The German North Sea pilot combines the sustainable cultivation of mussels and seaweed. Multi-use research trials are currently being conducted by FUE at this site as part of the Horizon 2020 UNTIED project.

Pilot's key points:

PILOT'S OBJECTIVES

– The pilot aims to plan the functioning of both seaweed and mussel cultivation elements of all system components and their potential combinations at the border of an already existing wind-park.

– Techniques for seeding and strain development of more profitable seaweed species shall be explored for offshore cultivation.

– The pilot will also deploy new cost-effective monitoring techniques to optimize operation and lower costs, explore the potential for utilizing renewable energy produced on-site, and investigate interactions between target culture species and the offshore environment for environmental protection measures.

PILOT'S CHALLENGES

– The pilot site will implement a commercially viable aquaculture operation designed with cost-effective adaptations needed to meet the requirements of this extreme offshore site.

– The long sea routes demand a perfect organisation and concept for installation and maintenance and decommissioning in an integrated multi-use setting.

Planning the functioning of both seaweed and mussel cultivation elements of all system components and their potential combinations directly at the border of an already existing wind-park will be a significant challenge, including the required servicing options and resulting technological synergies within integrated offshore wind farms and LTA exploitation.

– Finally, the pilot will need to address the critical issue of interactions between target LTA species and the local natural biosphere.