MUPs - Multifunctional use of platforms

Mono-functional marine platforms such as wind farms in the North Sea, will be transformed into multiple function marine platforms including marine protein production for food, feed and fuel (rest products).

This combination of functions will be reconciled with fisheries and biodiversity, functions that already are under pressure.

The protein produced will be processed and tested for their quality as food and feed, while the suitability of the remaining waste will be tested for use as fuel.

Offshore production of natural resources is often quoted as a sustainable alternative for the dependency on scarce, imported (often non-renewable) resources. The offshore production of seaweed, algae, fish and energy is therefore expected to increase. Yet, we have not seen the widespread uptake of these technologies by private actors.

Research on production techniques and application of produce in feed, food and energy is needed but requires investments. Private actors are uncertain about the future value-chains of offshore produce and have no feasible business-model available. Furthermore, it is not clear how to organise the offshore production and value chains, given the huge number of stakeholders involved and the absence of established procedures.

This research contributes to the development of offshore production of natural resources, with emphasis on protein production. Feasibility of marine protein production from seaweed, micro algae and (shell)fish  as potential sustainable sources of feed, food and fuel, will be studied, based on triple P criteria. In the four-year trajectory, we foresee the development of several pilot and supply chain projects for the most promising cultures, in collaboration with companies. These will be built upon sound scientific knowledge and multi-use scenarios.