The AquaWind project is developing a prototype to create an innovative offshore platform to produce electricity and food and mitigate climate change impacts in the Atlantic Sea Basin. This innovative technology consists of a floating platform that supports a wind turbine (the W2Power prototype) and contains aquaculture facilities. These include tanks for fish farming and equipment for monitoring and controlling water quality and fish health. The aquaculture component of the prototype can be used for different types of fish and other marine organisms, such as seaweed and shellfish.
Offshore renewable energy and aquaculture are two rapidly growing industries that share a common resource: the ocean. Bringing together these two industries has the potential to generate economic, environmental and social benefits while addressing multiple challenges – from food scarcity to climate change.
AquaWind is led by the Government of the Canary Islands in Spain (GOBCAN) with partners from academia, industry, and fisheries associations. Co-funded by the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) to support the Atlantic Maritime Strategy, AquaWind is expected to contribute to the sustainable expansion of the Blue Economy in the Atlantic Sea Basin.
- Publication date
- 27 July 2023