basins Redesign UHC modules for Open Waters 140 m2 floating modules OpenMode will help activate intense shellfish farming in high-potential unexploited areas by producing eight 140 m2 floating modules. Redesign: UHC modules for open waters Intro Open Mode testing locations 3 EU-Basins 5 testers located in 5 european countries MEDITERRANEAN BASIN | NORTH SEA BASIN | ATLANTIC BASIN

Demonstration of intensive
shellfish farming in OPEN waters
with resilient and affordable MODulEs

The growth of the shellfish sector in EU is nearly stagnant due to the increasing global competition and the saturation of the areas protected from swell where intensive farming is viable. OpenMode is launched by two companies to go beyond the resilient platforms tested in previous works, proposing floating connectable modules for intensive farming in open waters. Its main objective is to prove their capacity to bridge the sector gaps farming on four full-scale demonstrators in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea Basins. The fifth demonstrator aims to prove the capacity to transfer this affordable technology to other blue growth sectors.

The platform redesign towards portable and versatile modules will consider their interaction with the swell and the response of different connection systems. The integration of remote sensors to control water, weather and structural parameters will assure the surveillance, reduce operating costs and explain through big data analysis which factors affect the harvest growth rates.

Eight 140 m2 modules will be produced and floated in Spain, Denmark, Croatia, Montenegro and Malta, where local farmers will share them harvesting molluscs or macroalgae. They will learn through trainings how to use it to avoid predation, achieve more phytoplankton or scale-up compensation measures, sharing their user experience with the designers and other farmers. This will allow completing the market study and Life Cycle Assessment. Colloquiums and events will raise awareness of this sustainable farming and promote synergies with other EU programs. The project success will activate intense farming in high-potential unexploited areas, and become an efficient tool to combat eutrophication in North and Baltic sea. Sharing the modules during the project can grow into a cooperative business model for the farmers with fewer resources. Finally, the versatility and cost reduction reached will let it to be adapted for other blue growth sectors.



Last update: 23th October 2020



First load-cycle fullscale test


First data transmission on the website


Pieces of first module in a 40’ container


First module floating


12×48 m raft assembled


First event for key stakeholders


First training on a demonstrator


First order confirmed


Technical and technological specific objectives

In1: Test modular floating platforms (TRL8) with a 33% higher load carrying capacity than the current state of the technology and maintaining the production costs per m2. KPI1=100 kg/m2 0%
In2: Integrate in a module a continuous remote measurement system to control 14 parameters (4 of water, 3 of swell, 4 of strains in beams and ropes and 3 of weather). 50%
In3: Float in open waters 8 modular platforms (140 m2 each) to demonstrate the capacities of the new designs during at least 12 months and in five different locations in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea Basins. KPI3=8 modules floated. 0%
In4: Assemble and use successfully on the water 4 aligned modules, forming a 48-m length side. At this moment, the maximum length of a side in floating platforms reached by the company is 27 m. KPI4=48 m (+77.8%). 0%
In5: Reach a design of a 12 x 12 m modular floating platform that reduces a 27% the sum of the transportation and assembling costs, which sum approximately 44 €/m2 for the current platforms (20 x 27 m) for the average transportation distance (950 km). KPI5=32 €/m2 (-27%). 58%
In6: 1 patent/utility model for the design of the connections. KPI6=1 patent. 100%
In7: 140 m2 of demonstrator of a floating photovoltaic structure in Malta in open waters. KPI7=140 m2. 0%

Social, communication and cooperation specific objectives:

In8: Besides the jobs created in the beneficiary companies to implement the project, it is expected that the demonstrators create 10 fulltime equivalent jobs (2 per aquaculture demonstrator). As their lifespan is longer than the project period, they will continue working their business on them after the project. KPI8=10 FTE. 0%
In9: 15 actions/SMEs involved in the project. KPI9=15 actions/SMEs 100%
In10: Number of students made aware in the three speeches/colloquiums. KPI10=300 students. 0%
In11: Number of visits to the project website. KPI11=5000 visits. 9%
In12: Number of farmers or potential farmers completing the training (at the demonstrator and through the webinar course). KPI12=425 farmers. 0%
In13: Number of farmers using the demonstrators at the end of the project (small business or for recreation). KPI13=23 farmers. 0%
In14: Sum of the number individuals attending to the three events (Denmark, Croatia, Spain). KPI14=150 individuals. 0%
In15: Total number of completed surveys (physical or through the website). KPI15=500 surveys completed. 2%

Economic and exploitation specific objectives:

In16: Private finance mobilised in euros. KPI16=315.000 €. 0%
In17: Number of potential customers in the target markets covered with the project. KPI17=690 customers. 0%
In18: Purchase commitments at the end of the project. KPI18=1400 m2. 0%
In19: Expected revenues from selling modules. KPI19=105.000 €. 0%