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A methodology for multi-criteria design of multi-use offshore platforms for marine renewable energy harvesting
Zanuttigh, B.; Angelelli, E.; Kortenhaus, A.; Koca, K.; Krontira, Y.; Koundouri, P. (2016). A methodology for multi-criteria design of multi-use offshore platforms for marine renewable energy harvesting. Renew. Energy 85: 1271-1289.
In: Renewable Energy. Elsevier: Oxford. ISSN 0960-1481, more
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Author keywords
    Offshore platforms; Multi-use; Wave energy; Aquaculture; Wind energy;Multi-criteria methodology

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  • Zanuttigh, B.
  • Angelelli, E.
  • Kortenhaus, A., more
  • Koca, K.
  • Krontira, Y.
  • Koundouri, P.

    Multi-use offshore platforms (MUPs) combining renewable energy from the sea, aquaculture and transportation facilities can be considered as a challenging way to boost blue growth and make renewable energy (especially wave energy) environmentally and socio-economically sustainable. MUPs allow sharing the financial and other market/non-market costs of installation and management, locally using the produced energy for different functionalities and optimizing marine spatial planning. The design of these solutions is a complex interdisciplinary challenge, involving scientists and technical experts with different backgrounds. This paper presents a new methodology for the design of a MUP based on technical, environmental, social and economic criteria. The methodology consists of four steps: a pre-screening phase, to assess the feasibility of different maritime uses at the site; a preliminary design of the alternative schemes based on the identified maritime uses; a ranking phase, where the performance of the MUPs is scored by means of expert judgment of the selected criteria; a preliminary design of the selected MUP selected. An example application of this procedure to a site offshore the Western Sardinia coast, Mediterranean Sea, Italy, is provided. In this site the deployment of a MUP consisting of wave energy converters, offshore wind turbines and aquaculture is specifically investigated.

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