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Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN)
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Carretera de Taliarte, s/n., Platforma Oceanica de Canarias, Telde, PO: 35200, Canary Islands (Spain)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Under construction since 2014
Scientific Description
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a multi-purpose service centre composed of a set of large infrastructures to support research, technology and innovation in the marine and maritime sector in the North-East Central-Atlantic Ocean. The mission of the centre is to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean. It facilitates multidisciplinary approach, clustering and cost-effective combination of services such as observatories, test site, base for underwater vehicles, training and innovation hub. The target users are groups both from the public and private sector, international research programs and networks, academia and government. This RI is an ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure), included in the Spanish National Roadmap for RIs.

RI Keywords
Innovation, Test site, Oceanic observatory, Marine energy, Underwater vehicles
RI Category
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Acoustic monitoring stations
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres
Environmental Health Research Facilities
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering and Energy
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Access to Underwater Electrical and Communication Infrastructure (ECOMM)

Electrical and communication grid connection, installed in the testsite, to deliver the electricity generated offshore by devices.

Access to Seafloor-Water Column-Surface Monitoring Infrastructure (Regional Observatory)

Open-Ocean seafloor (planned)-water column- surface monitoring infrastructure, locates 60nm North of Gran Canaria - Open to host instrumentation - 0 to 3670m depth.

Access to Near-Shore Seafloor and Water Column Cabled Observing System (Coastal Observatory)

Near-shore seafloor and water column cabled observing system and offshore platform (under construction) - Designed to host external instrumentation - 100m depth initially.

Access to Underwater Gliders

Underwater glider fleet suited by extended multiparameter payload configuration (physical and optical) for science and operational ocean missions.

In-situ Ocean Energy-Related Field Tests

In-situ field tests to demonstrate the potential of diverse prototypes of sensors and devices, in order to be able to deliver information for the different phases such as pre-competitive, validation and pre-industrial manufacturability phases.

Mini-ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle)

Survey Mini-ROV for 100m. depht rate capacity (Mod.Bleeper Pro-AT).


Autonomous underwater vehicle(AUV) that uses small changes in itsbuoyancyin conjunction with wings to convert vertical motion to horizontal, and thereby propel itself forward with very low power consumption.


12 m. speedboat for multipurpose coastal sea-operation (Mod. QUER-40 Pro).

Date of last update: 17/10/2018
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