floating development

First floating hotel in Paris

On June 23rd Paris opened it’s first floating hotel located on the river Seine, near the Pont Charles de Gaulle. Above you can see how the €11 million floating hotel – constructed in Normandy – is being towed down the river from Rouen to it’s current location.

The hotel is realised by Citysurfing, their website offers an interesting overview of the history of the project. If you want to know how what the hotel looks like today, check out this photo gallery.

If you’re heading up there, we would love to see pictures on how the light reflects the water during the day. And of course get to know more on how sustainable the design is. Merci!

Source image: @OffParisSeine

4th International Symposium on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

On October 25th and 26th, the 4th International OTEC Symposium will be held in the Netherlands, hosted by Delft University of Technology and by the Offshore Energy Exhibition 2016.

The symposium gathers the world’s expertise on offshore technologies and attracts worldwide experts from public, private and academia on OTEC development and implementation.The program will be announced soon. Its focus will be on the commercial development of the energy, to bridge the gap between possibility and reality.

Get Early Bird Tickets*

*Attendance to the symposium includes free entrance to the Offshore Energy Exhibition 2016 (with over 11,865 visitors in 2015).

Ocean thermal energy conversion
Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is a one of the few continuously available sources of renewable energy and holds enormous promise for coastal regions and islands. The core idea of OTEC is to leverage the temperature difference between deep and shallow seawater to produce electricity. It provides not only energy but also desalinized water for human and agricultural consumption, thus solving two of the most important problems of maritime habitats.

schematic ocean thermal3

One World Water wondered: who will live on floating cities?

According to the Dutch water pioneers Frits Schoute and Rutger de Graaf floating cities will be a reality within twenty years. One World Water interviewed both of them and wondered: who will be the first men and women living at sea?

Rutger de Graaf: “According to a survey two third of the people in the Netherlands are open to the idea of living on the water. The intention is specifically that it won’t only attract the rich. Maybe this will happen in the beginning, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Mobile phones were also used by a small group of early adapters. Because of that, phones could be further developed so the price dropped. The idea of a floating city is that it will offer different types of housing: social housing, apartments and detached housing.”

“Also, a water plot is slightly cheaper than a land plot, and though the construction is a bit more expensive, in the end living on water it will cost about the same as on land.”

Read full article (in Dutch)

Source image: www.krnwtr.nl

 

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