Sunday 22 April Blue21 will host a workshop on floating cities as part of the Two Day Symposium “Which Future?! Rethinking State” organized by the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. During the symposium questions will be explored such as: Do we want full employment or full automation? Do we need an unconditional basic income? Do we want the state to be more or less involved in our lives?Read More›
Shedding light on our contribution to new ways of creating more living space, Magazine Factor has published an article on Blue21 and the fact that ‘with floating cities we do not have to go to space to get more space’! Please click here to read the full article.
Nathalie Mezza-Garcia from Blue Frontiers has joined our team during two and a half weeks and wrote an amazing article about her experiences!
Moreover, she perfectly addresses how we, at Blue21, are developing a design strategy for seasteads to help restore the marine environment underneath the platforms, going beyond sustainability. Or as our Bart Roeffen (lead architect of the Floating Island Project) states:
“We need to go from sustainability to restoration because sustainability is not sustainable.”
Please read Nathalie’s full article here!
On Wednesday, March 7th, Karina Czapiewska will represent Blue21 during the MARIN seminar on ‘The Floating Future’ where she will be presenting on the development of floating cities.
As stated on MARIN’s website, there is an increasing interest in floating mega islands, to be used as energy islands, floating ports, farms or floating cities. First research has shown that in view of large mooring forces and strict motion requirements, designing these islands can be quite a challenge.
During the seminar ‘The Floating Future’ MARIN want to address the different applications within specific projects and the possible start of an open innovation for the development of floating islands. Besides attendants will have the unique opportunity to experience the floating island tests at MARIN!
The consortium, which has received funding from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), is formed by Waterschap Rivierland, Blue 21 BV, Hakkers BV and TU Delft.
Waterschap Rivierland, the water authority of the Dutch provincies of Zuid-Holland, Gelderland, Noord-Brabant and Utrecht, has joined forces with Dutch companies Blue21 and Hakkers NV, and with the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) unit of Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to develop a new floating PV technology dubbed Innozowa.
The consortium, which is also being financially supported by the government-run Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), aims to develop a flexible design of floating solar panels on inland waters and make optimal use of the available surface area, “all at a competitive price”.
Waterschap Rivierland said that the water-rich Netherlands, which has around 52,000 hectares of shallow inland water, offers a huge potential for floating PV applications.
The first pilot project, the agency went on to say, will be implemented at a water reservoir in Weurt, near the town of Nijmegen in the province of Gelderland. “With the results of this pilot project, we expect to have sufficient data and experience to further scale up the plan,” Waterschap Rivierland stressed.
Construction on Netherlands’ first floating PV plant started in September. The project is being developed at the port of Rotterdam by Dutch water management agency Rijkswaterstaat, which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Rijkswaterstaat announced in March it intended to make water surfaces and other land under its control available for the installation of PV and other renewable energy power plants.
Please read the latest blog of our Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther on his LinkedIn-account: the oceans as solution space for human and ecological progress – 7 key factors.
Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland, Blue21, Hakkers BV and TU Delft recently signed an agreement to collectively realise a revolutionary method for generating solar energy on water.
The project operates under the name INNOZOWA, which is derived from the Dutch product description: innovatieve (innovative) zon-pv (Solar PV; solar panels) op (on) water (water). The intention is to develop a flexible design of floating solar panels on inland waters and make optimal use of the available surface area, all at a competitive price.
Moreover, within INNOZOWA, opportunities are examined to create added value for local ecology.
Further infomation can be found at the INNOZOWA website.
Last week, at the kick-off meeting in Wageningen, representatives from 17 different partners set the cornerstone for a promising three years research. The Horizon 2020 funded project [email protected] aims to revolutionise working and living offshore by developing standardised and cost efficient modular platforms with low ecological impact. Believing that in the future there will be an increasing demand for safe and cost efficient deck space at sea, our team and its European partners will be addressing the conceptualization of marine floating islands that are intended for human habitation. We are glad to be part of such an innovative and exciting research project and can’t wait to start collaborating!
Next week the 5th World Ocean Council: The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017 will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
We will be there and our co-founder Rutger de Graaf will be presenting during a plenary session on “Ocean 2030: Ocean Industry Projections and the Future of the Ocean Economy”. His presentation will be about floating developments and innovative monitoring on behalf of Blue21 and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
For more information on this event, please click here.
We already mentioned the article in The New York Times with Blue21 designs for the French Polynesia floating island project.
But there is more! This week, also NBC Mach published an inspiring article on Blue Frontiers and the French Polynesia floating village project on the south side of the main island of Tahiti.
Our creative director Bart Roeffen is quoted, explaining “he wanted to create something for the Tahitian lagoon that didn’t look out of place.”
“From a distance, the floating village will look almost like a natural island, with a green “living roof” of gardens that will also help filter waste water. The buildings will be constructed with recycled materials where possible, making extensive use of local renewable materials, such as coconut wood.
Roeffen says the technologies needed for floating communities will become increasingly important, especially in islands and in coastal regions threatened by rising sea levels. But there is also a primal appeal to living on the water, reflected in the high value of coastal land.”
“The fringes between the land and the water are where everything comes together,” Roeffen says, “so what we would like to do is to create more fringes.”
World Economic Forum had also published an article back in March 2017 including a former Blue21design for this project. Please read the full article here.