Artificial Floating Islands

Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) is testing the concept of an artificial floating island, that is made up of large modular triangles connected to each other. Floating islands built in this way could be as big as 5 km wide, and used for a variety of purposes, to support offshore homes, docks for the loading ships, fishing, renewable energy systems, wave energy generators.

There also might be some issues with floating islands, how to minimize the environmental effects, whether the undulations of the water will be to disruptive to the structures. To answer these questions, MARIN is running a computer simulations and testing the idea with a scale model in the basin, where study will show how the island would handle simulated wind and waves in the real world. The simulation can be seen in the video below.

Source: MARIN

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