Grants and projects
In the summer of 2022, SEABOTS conducted prospecting activities as part of the PORTS4ALL project at the Marina de Palamós in Girona. The project aimed to restore marine ecosystems in port infrastructures using digital tools in the context of the connected industry 4.0. SEABOTS utilized the versatile SB 100 PRO surface vehicle to install 3D-printed BioBoosting Systems (BBS) for marine regeneration. These systems mimic coral materials and aid in the recovery of degraded marine fauna and flora. The SB 100 PRO, equipped with a multibeam sonar, collected data on flora growth, species attraction, and other parameters. The project also explored advanced artificial intelligence (machine learning) to predict sewerage discharges near the port, crucial for mitigating negative impacts on water quality. The initiative received funding from the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism through the AEIs call and the Recovery, Transformation, and Resilience Plan.
The project has allowed the development of a comprehensive and multi-technological solution to mitigate the harmful effects of ports on the environment. Specifically, work has been done in four areas: 3D printing technologies to regenerate biodiversity, an autonomous system for collecting, interpolating, and visualizing marine data; Machine Learning and artificial intelligence (ML-AI) systems for predicting wastewater spills in the port area, and visual sensors for extracting key indicators for biodiversity monitoring. Ports4all has represented a significant improvement in sustainability in ports and an advancement in economic development in the field of the blue economy.
Participants: ADASA, SeaStainable Venturas, EURECAT, GPASEABOTS, and CWP.
In 2022, SEABOTS became part of the Inmerbot project, an initiative focused on the research of immersive and sensory technologies for collaborative robotic inspection in industrial environments. This initiative facilitated collaboration with seven other Spanish technology companies.
Inmerbot took place at the Leitat Research Center, where the SEABOTS team worked on the research and development of new algorithms. Coordinated by Doit Development, the project allowed SEABOTS to investigate and implement technologies that directly improved underwater drone inspection tasks and coordination between robots.
It was a consortium project led by TSK Electrónica e Electricidad, S.A., and involved the following companies: Digital, S.L.; Alpha Syltec Ingeniería, S.L.P.; Aplicaciones y Proyectos TIC, S.L.; Centro de Observación y Teledetección Espacial, S.A.; E Capture Research and Development, S.L., and Robotnik Automation, S.L.L.
The OASIS Project aims to address the environmental challenges of port infrastructures by implementing Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). These solutions enable biodiversity regeneration and the fight against climate change in commercial and sports ports, as well as other degraded marine infrastructures.
The project uses biodiversity regenerative technology and data capture through Unmanned Submarine Vehicles (USVs) sensorized as an IoT platform. It also employs cloud computing systems and artificial intelligence to generate virtual sensors and 3D models that function as digital twins of the ports. These strategies aim to transform gray infrastructures into blue infrastructures, restoring degraded spaces, recovering lost biodiversity, and strengthening the fight against climate change.
Additionally, the project promotes sustainability and digitization in commercial and sports ports, significant sources of pollution and environmental impact. It contributes to economic development in the Blue Economy by opening new opportunities for monetizable ecosystem services provided by ports.
This project is a consortium that creates a technological alliance between Ocean Ecostructures and GPASEABOTS, combining the latest regeneration technology with the latest developments in monitoring and tracking, leading to new opportunities for dissemination, control, and impact measurement, thus enhancing efficiency and results. As a collaborating partner, GPASEABOTS contributes to validating the tool developed by Ocean Ecostructures and adding new features to increase its attractiveness to logistics and port sector stakeholders.
The Effective Project aims to improve social well-being and economic prosperity by enhancing the effectiveness of protection and restoration management in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean. To achieve this goal, the project focuses on developing a comprehensive scientific knowledge base and practical guidance, combining science, technologically-based nature solutions, digitization, and social implications for applying Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) to the protection and restoration of the marine natural capital in the EU's Mediterranean region.
To ensure the success of this primary objective, the EFFECTIVE project has partners with extensive experience in relevant areas covering the three pillars of EBM (management pillar, information pillar, and participation pillar), as well as a nature-based solution. Additionally, the project implements EBM in four pilot areas (Mar del Empordà, Delta de l'Ebre, Northern Sardinia, Cavo Greco) to develop protection and restoration solutions, considering the connectivity between three of them through the existing cetacean migration corridor.