The AQUAWIND project, funded by the European Union under the European Maritime, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Fund, aims to develop a multifunctional platform for offshore wind energy production and aquaculture. AquaWind brings together the efforts of a multidisciplinary consortium comprising research and development (R&D) centres, companies, a regional authority, and a maritime cluster from three EU Member States (FR, ES, and PT) in the Atlantic basin. In addition, the AquaWind project aims to involve stakeholders in the quadruple helix, mainly through consultation actions, in order to have, at the end of the project, data on the appreciation of this type of combined and co-located technology. As part of this initiative, a survey was conducted to collect information from the different stakeholders.
The survey, created through the European platform EU SURVEY, was distributed through the dissemination channels of the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster (website, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) and the other AquaWind partners, following a detailed dissemination plan developed by Consulta Europa.
The survey includes around 60 questions covering topics such as renewable energies, marine renewable energies in particular, aquaculture, multifunctional platforms, and legislation.
The target groups are as follows:
– Scientific community (researchers, PhD students).
– Industry representatives and investors
– Social actors (citizens, the public, and civil society organisations)
– Fishing community
– Politicians and decision-makers
In total, 30 responses to the online consultation were received, the majority of which came from industry representatives, followed by the scientific community and stakeholders.
On the other hand, a shorter version of this survey was designed to be distributed at events such as the 2nd Offshore Wind Congress or the NAVALIA Meeting 2023. In addition, specific questions were sent by e-mail to established contacts, from whom valuable information was obtained.
The next steps will be to analyse the results obtained through the survey and adapt or modify the survey for the next phase of the project, where prototype results are expected.
We invite you to take the survey: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/AquaWind_Survey