PLOCAN - the floating laboratory for development of advanced marine technologies
Situated on the east coast of Gran Canaria, it is the hub of numerous research projects
- August 13, 2018 18:30
- Olya Georgieva
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a floating laboratory for development of advanced marine technologies. Situated on the east coast of Gran Canaria, it is the hub of numerous research projects. These cover fields ranging from marine biology to vehicle design. Around 20 teams of scientists work in fields such as biotechnology, renewable energy and marine vehicle design to drive forward advances in the maritime sector.
The laboratory is considered one of the best facilities of its kind in Europe. The centre has a land-based facility and 2 underwater testing sites near the port of Taliarte. The cost of building these installations and running them until 2021 is estimated at 54 million Euros, 85% of which will be financed by the EU.
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