Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

EIT Upscaling Blue Harvesting

In the BLUE Harvesting project a consortium of 9 European partners from maritime industry and academia will design and build a hydraulic collector for harvesting polymetallic nodules from the deep sea, with the specific aim to minimize the environmental impact of the harvesting process. The technical and environmental performance of the collector will be tested during a field test in the North East Atlantic in summer 2021. NIOZ will contribute to the assessment of the environmental performance of the nodule collector, in particular with regards to seabed alteration (sediment compaction, erosion, redeposition) and sediment mobilisation and dispersion by currents. BLUE Harvesting builds forth on results from the EU-H2020 project Blue Nodules (2016-2020).

More information on the website of BLUE Harvesting.

Deployment of mining crawler Apollo II. Photo: Alberto Serrano CSIC-UTM
Project information
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European Community
1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2022

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Stigter de, Henko
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