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The blue future: Horizon 2020 project Space@Sea


In the Horizon 2020 project Space@Sea, MARIN together with 16 partners, sets out to provide sustainable and affordable workspace at sea by examining the potential of floating modular solutions.


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he majority of the world’s population lives in coastal areas where space has always been a


commodity. In the near future, the waterfront may reclaim or change the utilisation of large parts of existing land space as sea levels rise due to global warming. At the same time, the number of activities at sea will increase, leading to a demand for suitable locations for combined activities such as harbours, residential use, food production, energy generation and storage. Both developments call for the need for affordable and flexible space at sea for both coastal and further offshore use. Additionally, increased environmental


Figure1 Different floater shapes


awareness requires that the solution should be sustainable with minimum environmental impact. Floating modular solutions have a limited environmental impact and offer an affordable and flexible solution to the increasing shortage of space along the world’s coastlines.


Flexibility is one of the key elements, not only flexibility in the activities carried out on the deck but also the ease of expanding or reducing the size of the deck space. This makes a floating solution ideal, and it also has a much lower impact on the environment than a fixed solution or an artificial island.


Maarten Flikkema, m.flikkema@marin.nl


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