The Port Marina de Palamós hosts the PORTS4ALL project research towards more digital and sustainable ports

Last June 10th the consortium formed by Adasa Sistemas, Eurecat, GPA Seabots, Seastainable Ventures and the Catalan Water Partnership met at the Marina de Palamós Sports Port, where the PORTS4ALL project research is being carried out.

PORTS4ALL is a project whose main objective is to restore the marine ecosystems of port infrastructures by improving their sustainability using digital tools within the framework of the Connected Industry 4.0 paradigm.

On the one hand, marine regeneration systems have been installed using the BioBoosting Systems (BBS) technology developed with innovative tools and formats with natural substrates that include, among others, coral materials that mimic nature and promote the recovery of marine flora and fauna in areas degraded by anthropogenic activity. In order to be able to evaluate the growth of flora and the attraction of marine species, an autonomous remote control system equipped with a probe that analyses various parameters of interest allows all this data to be collected and sent to the nautical unit. This data is not only used to monitor the conditions around the BBS structures but also to create virtual sensors to monitor biodiversity and carbon sequestration capacity in the fight against climate change.

In addition, based on historical data from episodes of heavy rainfall, among other things, advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems are also being investigated to predict flooding of the harbour water network and how this flooding can affect the quantity and quality of the harbour water. In a situation of climatic emergency, where episodes of extreme flooding are increasingly frequent and aggressive, prediction tools of this type are more important to be able to anticipate the consequences that these events can cause.

The project, which has received funding from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the call for AEIs (file number AEI-010500-2021b-34) and the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, is scheduled for completion in August.

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