Greece to install multi-use renewable platform

The Multiple-use-of Space for Island Clean Autonomy (MUSICA) project is aiming to start building a multi-use offshore platform next year which will combine wave wind and solar to supply the Greek Island of Oinousses.

The MUSICA project aims to advance an existing MUP concept developed by the University of the Aegean (UoAeg) and EcoWindWater (EWW). The EWW floating platform was successfully trialled in Heraclea in 2010 for 2 years.

The MUSICA project was selected by the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020  and the first of four platforms will be installed off the island of Oinousses, North East Agean Region of Greece.

The platform will combine a 0.7-1 MW wind turbine with solar and wave technology as well as host a desalination unit, energy storage facilities, support aquaculture activities, and function as an offshore refuelling station for all types of vessels.

Oinousses was selected for the first pilot multiple-use platform, as the island is heavily reliant on fuel imports. The generated electricity will enhance the energy supply of the island and reduce the green house gas emissions. In addition, a sufficient amount of desalinated water will be produced on the platform to meet the daily demand of local fishing industry.

Prof. Nikitas Nikitakos of the Aegean University in a recent webinar stated that the project offers job opportunities and saves costs by combining different activities in one space-efficient package.

Construction of the first platform will start in 2021 at Koral’s shipyard in Perama, Athens with operations from 2024. In the long term similar models may be installed in Chios (Greece), Gozo (Malta) and El Hierro in Canary Islands (Spain).

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