The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a multipurpose service centre with land-based and novel sea-based infrastructures to support research, technology development and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors. Its mission is to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean, providing a cost-effective combination of services, such as an ocean observatory, a marine test site, a base for underwater vehicles, training and an innovation hub.
PLOCAN is a joint initiative of the Spanish and the Canary Islands governments, with the contribution of the European Regional Development Fund, and is included in the Spanish Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS). Its main objective is the construction and operation of a fixed offshore platform that is located both close to the coast and near the edge of the continental shelf. In addition, PLOCAN is configured as a Test Site where projects focused on testing and demonstrating of all kinds of marine devices are performed. The Test Site also covers the coastal component of the PLOCAN observatory which is complemented by:
(a) The European Station for Time series in the Ocean, Canary Islands (ESTOC): a multidisciplinary mooring located in open ocean in the Central Eastern Atlantic at 29º10’N, 15º30’W with over 15 years of continuous surface and mid-water meteorological, physical and biogeochemical monitoring.
(b) A mobile observing system comprising a fleet of underwater and surface gliders and ROVs able to cover missions for long periods in coastal and open ocean areas.
As for training, PLOCAN organises high specialisation training courses with the aim to provide knowledge and practical skills in the use of facilities and devices for working in and accessing the deep ocean.
PLOCAN’s staff and managing team have an extensive experience in the preparation, development and management of large projects in the marine and maritime sectors. Since 2009 they have participated in more than 60 national and EU funded projects both as coordinators and partners.
José Joaquín Hernández Brito
Science, Technology and Innovation Manager
Carretera de Taliarte s/n
35214 Telde. Canary Islands. Spain
+34 928 134414
“BTCA is a powerful tool to promote the internationalisation of our companies and research institutions, promoting innovation, enhancing cooperation and sharing value chain among regions. It is an essential way to connect regional capacities with international players to compete globally.”
- José Joaquín Hernández-Brito, Science, Technology and Innovation Manager, PLOCAN
"We find the BlueTech Cluster Alliance an extremely useful tool to explore cost-efficient solutions and new opportunities to introduce our developments in a more extensive international network. It is also opening gates to identify future needs and trends in the sector"
- Vicente Marrero, President, Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands