Abyssea

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Deep Sea Centre of Expertise and Testing

The development of underwater scientific observatories and ultra-deep offshore fields, as well as the development of renewable marine energy, require the design, implementation and underwater testing of various equipment and many innovative and complex systems which French manufacturers are very much involved in, especially in the PACA region.

Abyssea

The platform will make it possible for all systems, craft and underwater equipment developers not just across the PACA region, but also nationally and internationally, to perform full-scale tests and demonstrations at a marginal cost (no support ship required) and without restrictions due to the weather. The abyssea infrastructure is made up of three parts: underwater platforms installed at 1300m depth (PF1) and 2400m depth (PF2) respectively, to the north-east of the island of Levant. Each platform will be equipped with six underwater plug-in connectors, which will allow parallel tests to be conducted. The first platform will deliver up to 1MW of electrical power, and the second 250kW. Instruments will be deployed on platforms to monitor the progress of testing and real-time data will be uploaded to the control centre. Underwater umbilical cables will power the underwater stations and ensure two-way data exchange between stations and the land-based control centre. The control centre which is located on the island of Levant unites the user interfaces and the management system for the underwater platforms.

Abyssea's infrastructure is made up of 3 parts:

1. Underwater platforms, installed respectively at 1300m depth in the northeast of the island of Levant (PF1) and 2400m deep southeast of the island (PF2). Each platform will be equipped with six underwater plug-in connectors, which will conduct tests in parallel. The first platform will deliver up to 1MW of electrical power, and the second 250kW. Instruments will be deployed (cameras, lights, sensors) on the platforms to monitor the progress of testing and real-time data will be uploaded to the control centre.

2. Underwater umbilical cables will power the underwater stations and ensure two-way data exchange between stations and the land-based control centre.

3. The control centre which is located on the island of Levant, unites the user interfaces and the management system for the underwater platforms.

Porteur du projet
Abyssea
Partenaires industriels
Sofresud, CHRISAR, Thalaseis, EMC3, COMEX, Euroceanique, Oceanide
Partenaires recherche
Autres partenaires : Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations, Pôle Mer PACA
Cofinanceurs publics
1st call for innovation platform proposals launched by the DGCIS December 2008. DGCIS, CDC, CG83, TPM, CR PACA
Année de labellisation
2008
Année de cofinancement
2010