MARIN to test first floating mega island

MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) has tested an innovative concept for a floating mega island. The island consists of 87 large floating triangles that are connected to each other flexibly. Together they form a flexible floating island that can reach 1 to 5 kilometers in reality.

Floating mega islands offer future-proof working and living space at sea to:

  • Develop, generate, store and maintain sustainable energy at sea (offshore wind, tidal energy, wave energy, floating solar panels);
  • Coastal landing and transhipment in areas with low infrastructure
  • Cultivation of food such as seaweed and fish
  • Living and recreating close to the water

The technological challenges are high: how do we develop floating "mega constructions" that are strong and safe in storms and currents? How are these systems connected to each other and to the seabed? How big are the movements and what effect do they have on the people on the island? How do we organize traffic and transportation?

The questions are also ecological: what is the influence of this big floating community on the water below and around? How do we make the system completely circular in terms of water, energy, raw materials and waste?

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