The IIS is a yearlong research facility, floating atop the ice cap of the Arctic Circle. Accommodating an elite community of scientists from around the world, as well as guests and media during the summer, this high-profile project will provide a live, inspirational platform for global education, research and dialogue on climate change issues and global ocean governance.
The Ocean Discovery App for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality hardware is a unique, room-filling educational experience that would make the deepest ocean accessible to homes, schools and institutions everywhere. Users would be able to zoom into a 3D holographic cutaway model of an area of ocean to explore topics such as marine biodiversity, geology, currents and the impact of climate change.
Phil specialises in designing a range of underwater habitats for scientific, military and commercial applications. The aim in establishing a permanent human presence underwater is the same as for the International Space Station: creating a permanent human presence in a unique environment for the betterment of humanity and scientific discovery.
The Sub-Biosphere 2 is a closed, self-sustaining underwater habitat with biomes to represent the major climatic regions of Earth. Designed as a long-term base for around 100 aquanauts, tourists and scientists studying marine life and oceanography, the structure would also house a global seed bank to preserve human, animal and plant life in the event of a catastrophic manmade or natural disaster.
Now being rolled out around the world where land is at a premium, Marine Solar Farms are floating solar energy generators with the unprecedented ability to sustain renewable offshore power. Photovoltaic cells capture energy directly from sunlight and reflection from the water’s surface increases solar capture by a further 20%.
This innovative desalination plant—the “Solar Cucumber”—has the potential to help water-starved communities in coastal environments using multiple-effect humidification to evaporate and condense seawater while removing its salt content for a reliable source of fresh water.
This network of interconnected units is designed to capture renewable wave and subsea current energy offshore. The resulting power could be used to support ocean-based habitats or delivered to shore. Wave and tidal energy represent a massively untapped renewable energy source and a multitude of new designs are in development.
The Offshore Centre of Excellence will educate governmental, industrial, scientific and military personnel in best-practice and accelerate innovation in the offshore industry. The OCE will deliver training and develop robust international standards for ocean stewardship and industrial safety standards with climate change mitigation taken into consideration.