Innovative Multi-purpose off-shore platforms: planning, Design and operation (MERMAID)
Research Project, 2012 – 2015

European oceans will be subject to massive development of marine infrastructure in the near future. The most obvious is the energy facilities e.g. offshore wind farms, exploitation of wave energy, expansion of electricity connections, and also further development and implementation of marine aquaculture. This will also lead to an increased need for marine infrastructure to support installation and the ongoing operation of the facilities. However, both economical costs and environmental impact have to be reduced in order to increase the feasibility of the use of ocean space.Marine structures for offshore wind farms and aquaculture have to be installed at various sites and on much larger scale than earlier implementation of offshore structures in order to fulfil EU strategies (1) for reduction of fossil-based energy and (2) to become a major player in sustainable aquaculture. However the feasibility is much more sensitive to the costs of structures and the installation of the structures than for instance Oil & Gas facilities.Novel innovative design concepts should address different physical conditions in order to make the best use of the ocean space. Going from deep water (north of Spain) to shallow water with high morphological activity (the Wadden sea) and further to inner waters like the inner Danish/Baltic areas and the Adriatic sea changes the focus from a strong physical aspect to environmental impact. This will make it possible to develop, test and integrate different technologies but also to address site specific challenges.Both for offshore renewables and for aquaculture a substantial part of the costs is variable cost related to operations and maintenance of the plants. It is obvious that optimization of the use of ocean space for different purposes might benefit from shared resources such as staff allocation, transportation of staff and material from and to the platforms, use of forecasting systems, ships etc.


Lars Rosen (contact)

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Rita Coelho Steiger Garção

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Andreas Lindhe

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Jenny Norrman

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics


Athens University of Economics and Business

Athens, Greece

Bolding & Burchard

Asperup, Denmark

Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation

Lefkosia, Cyprus

Dansk Akvakultur Forening

Silkeborg, Denmark


Hoersholm, Denmark

DONG Energy Wind Power Holding

Fredericia, Denmark


Rome, Italy

Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)

Petten, Netherlands

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

Oostende, Belgium


Heerhugowaard, Netherlands

Hvalpsund Net

Farso, Denmark

Instytut Budownictwa Wodnego Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Gdansk, Poland

Istanbul Technical University (ITÜ)

Istanbul, Turkey

Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale

Rome, Italy

Kefalonia Fisheries

Kefalonia, Greece


Gorlev, Denmark

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Athens, Greece

Norwegian Institute of Marine Research

Bergen, Norway

Norwind Installer

Bergen, Norway


Stavanger, Norway

Stichting Deltares

Tilburg, Netherlands

Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek

Wageningen, Netherlands

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Lyngby, Denmark

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Braunschweig, Germany

Universita degli studi - Roma Tre

Roma, Italy

University of Bologna

Bologna, Italy

University of Cantabria

Santander, Spain

University of Dundee

Dundee, United Kingdom


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/288710
Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2015


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Project Web Page at Chalmers

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