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  • Funding programme and call:
    Infraestructuras científicas y técnicas singulares cofinanciadas por el Programa Operativo Fondo Tecnológico del FEDER
  • Start date:
  • End date:
  • Duration:
    38 Months
  • Total budget:
    800.000,00 €
  • Budget for PLOCAN:
    800.000,00 €
  • Total funding:
    640.000,00 €
  • Funding for PLOCAN:
    640.000,00 €
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Programa de observación y control medioambiental de la concentración de dispositivos de generación eléctrica en el banco de ensayos de PLOCAN

The main objective of the project is the development of an environmental observation and monitoring program for the concentration of energy generating devices at the PLOCAN test site. This objective falls within the set of regular activities for the observation and environmental assessment of the marine environment, including aspects of design, implementation, data generation, evaluation and production of useful information for the management and administration of marine renewable energies. This information is offered to companies and public administrations interested in the field of marine renewable energies.

The target in the context of this project is the continuous and real time monitoring of all activities that are or will be carried out around the Electrical and Communications Infrastructure of the PLOCAN test site and its Underwater Transformer Station. An operational and environmental monitoring plan will be established that will contribute to the further knowledge about the interaction among the elements of an electric energy production network at sea and their effects on the surrounding marine environment.

In this sense, the observation programme will allow to explore different operation and management methodologies of the network's structural elements (cables, wave energy converters, observation instruments, etc.). In particular, work methodologies using divers and remote-operated vehicles will be evaluated. On the other hand, key environmental parameters will be monitored, such as generated electromagnetic fields. This will facilitate the testing of different sensors and sampling methodologies, which will subsequently contribute to a better assessment of the effects on the marine environment.