An off-shore platform that generates renewable energy and produces sustainable food sources is being developed at Edinburgh.
The innovative system, designed in the School of Engineering, harnesses wave, wind and solar power to generate renewable energy.
This in turn can be used to power activities such as fish farming or desalinating water for drinking.
A prototype has been tested at the University’s state-of-the-art FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at King’s Buildings.
The Europe-wide TROPOS project involves researchers from the University’s Institute for Energy Systems, the largest multidisciplinary energy research initiative in Europe.
Funded by the European Commission, TROPOS’ main objective was to develop a floating multi-use platform system for use in deep waters.
Following further testing, it is hoped that the technology developed during the TROPOS project will be commercialised within the next few years.
The prototype combines several sustainable technologies in one location. It seeks to provide cost-effective solutions to climate change mitigation, reduce the overall environmental impact of such activities and create jobs on the local coastlines.
Marine energy can be a very good driver to increase the economic productivity of many coastal communities. Putting together multi-use platforms that hybridise, for example, fish farming and energy generation, means you can use one area of sea for two productive uses. This is particularly important in Europe, where sea areas are particularly constrained.
TROPOS is one part of world-leading Edinburgh’s climate research. Its researchers have secured more than £50 million over the last seven years to fund work on climate science, emissions mitigation and sustainable solutions.
For details of the TROPOS project and other case studies in climate change research, visit Edinburgh Action for the Climate to find out more how the University is influencing and informing the global debate around climate change.