Who are the ULTFARMS sister projects?

ULTFARMS is a project that is focused on developing sustainable and innovative solutions for ocean multi-use activities. To achieve this, the project works closely with its three sister projects, which are also dedicated to ocean-related research and development. Collaboration between these sister projects helps to promote knowledge sharing, exchange of ideas, and the pooling of resources towards achieving common goals. With this partnership, ULTFARMS can leverage the expertise and resources of its sister projects to develop innovative solutions that will promote sustainable ocean multi-use activities.

Project UNITED

(parent project)

ULTFARMS, a parent project of UNITED, builds directly on the efforts undertaken in the United project’s Belgian and German pilots. Together, these projects pave the way for a more sustainable and cost-effective approach to ocean use.

The acronym UNITED stands for Multi-Use offshore platforms demoNstrators for boostIng cost-effecTive and Eco-friendly proDuction in sustainable marine activities.

The UNITED is a research project co-financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme. The project will run from 2020 until 2023 and provide evidence for the viability of ocean multi-use through the development of five demonstration pilots in the real European marine environment. UNITED will:

  • Address current bottlenecks relating to the large-scale installation of ocean multi-use activities;
  • Demonstrate business synergies and benefits of ocean multi-use;
  • Provide a roadmap for deployment in future multi-use sites and potential scaling barriers to be addressed through best practices and lessons learnt.

OLAMUR (Offshore Low-trophic Aquaculture in Multi-Use scenario Realisation)

The OLAMUR project is ULTFARMS’ sister project from the Ocean Mission Baltic & North Sea Lighthouse. They both run in parallel and were both approved under the same call.

The main objective of OLAMUR is to bring together multi-use low-trophic aquaculture (MU-LTA) related key sectors, to demonstrate sustainable commercial solutions for both the North and the Baltic Sea. OLAMUR will establish three pilot demonstration sites where seaweed and blue mussels will be grown within windfarms or in the vicinity of a trout farm.

Other relevant multi-use projects:


AQUAWIND – Innovative multi-use prototype combining offshore renewable energy and aquaculture in the Atlantic Basin.

AquaWind project started in September 2022 and will end in September 2025.

The aim of AquaWind is to perform a demonstration test of a multi-use (MU) integrated and co-located solution. This would consist of joining an existing marine renewable energy production Wind to Power (W2Power) prototype in TRL6 with an innovative finfish aquaculture solution in TRL4.