The final TROPOS meeting took place in Gran Canaria (Spain) at the premises of PLOCAN on 15th and 16th January 2015. The first day was dedicated to the internal review of the project, while the second day was devoted to the Stakeholders meeting, and was attended by more than 70 European and international researchers, industries and policy makers interested in the future development of multi-use offshore platforms.
The Stakeholders meeting was opened by Mr. Octavio Llinás, General Manager of PLOCAN, and Mr. José Regidor, Rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. They welcomed the participants and speakers and explained that TROPOS project has been an important step forward for the design, engineering and costing of Multi-Use Offshore Platforms. At the same time, they remarked that this is only the beginning, and that these initiatives should be followed by other actions; such as a large pilot demonstrator.
Mrs. Gaëlle Le Bouler, Project Officer from the European Commission, highlighted the high quality of the results achieved by the project and the importance to disseminate these to industrial key players and policy makers underlining outcomes considered as the good ones, the bad ones, the unexpected ones and the points where no clear conclusions could be reached. The TROPOS project team will provide a consolidated paper with concrete figures in the coming weeks. Mrs. Le Bouler concluded her presentation focusing on the Blue Growth strategy of the European Commission presenting some related calls for proposals published under the H2020 programme and other European instruments.
The 36 months TROPOS project, which officially ends January 2015, was introduced by Mr. Joaquín Hernández Brito, TROPOS Project Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of PLOCAN and the project team: they specifically described the development of three concepts: Green and Blue, Leisure Island and Sustainable Service Hub, combining different elements from four areas: transport, energy, aquaculture and leisure.
The meeting ended with a panel discussion with stakeholders in order to envision the future of Multi-Use Offshore Platforms. The discussions and debates that occurred pointed out that TROPOS project ideas could be extended to other ocean regions and conditions. The designed solutions within the project are of interest to industrial actors in the field of offshore wind power for operation & maintenance activities. At this step of development, Multi-Use Offshore Platforms are not currently economically competitive and governmental intervention is required. Collaboration between public and private entities should constitute a way to develop a first large scale demonstrator.