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ULTFARMS PILOTS

ULTFARMS focuses on six Low-Trophic Aquaculture Pilots (LTAPs) located in different areas across the North and Baltic Seas, which include Belgium-Belwind (Seaweed-Mussels-Oysters), the Netherlands-Borssele (Mussels), Germany-FINO2 (Seaweed) & FINO3 (Seaweed-Mussels-Oysters), and Denmark-Anholt Offshore Wind Farm (Seaweed-Mussels) & Samsø (Seaweed-Mussels). These LTAPs' co-development and co-management by research and industry will lead to unique designs and operations tailored to offshore conditions. Click on the map pins to learn more about specific pilots:

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Pilot 1 – SAMSØ OFFSHORE WIND FARM

Pilot 2 – ANHOLT OFFSHORE WIND FARM

Pilot 3 – FINO3 PLATFORM

Pilot 4 – FINO 2 PLATFORM

Pilot 5 – DEPTH-ADJUSTABLE SMF IN BORSSELE

Pilot 6 – Belwind

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KEY FACTS ABOUT ULTFARMS PILOTS

Integration with offshore wind farms

The ULTFARMS project plans to develop six Low-Trophic Aquaculture Pilots (LTAPs) located in offshore wind farms across the North and Baltic Seas. The pilots will cover the entire value chain expertise for LTA production in offshore wind farms and will include Belwind (Belgium), Borssele (the Netherlands), FINO2 and FINO3 (Germany), Anholt (Denmark), and Samsø (Denmark). These pilots aim to optimize production in harsh offshore conditions and low-salinity environments. The integration of novel engineering, technical, ecological, and biological processes will be key to achieving this goal.

Complete value chain expertise

ULTFARMS will bring together stakeholders from across the value chains of offshore wind farms and low-trophic aquaculture to ensure that environmentally sound, low-carbon, and safe LTA products are produced from design to commercialization. The project will advance new cultivation structures, grow-out systems, and eco-friendly design measures. The project will also provide an opportunity to enhance technical services by integrating monitoring and management platforms such as the HiSea service platform and drawing on existing open databases and operational forecasting systems such as CMEMS and SeaDATANET. These will help to support the planning and operation of LTAs effectively, thus ensuring the project’s success.

Enhanced monitoring and management platforms

Through the ULTFARMS project, the consortium aims to develop sustainable and innovative solutions that will help to optimize the use of marine space and offshore wind farms. The project’s impact will be significant, as it will contribute to the development of a circular economy, where waste is minimized, resources are used efficiently, and economic growth is decoupled from environmental degradation. Furthermore, it will promote the development of low-carbon, climate-resilient, and environmentally sustainable aquaculture practices, which will contribute to the EU’s ambition to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.