Conversion of off-shore platforms for multiple eco-sustainable uses (PLACE)

Finanziamento: Programma Operativo Nazionale Ricerca e Innovazione 2014 – 2020, gestito dal Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca MIUR (


PLaCE aims at investigating for the first time at national level cutting-edge technologies and solutions for the eco-sustainable re-use of offshore platforms located in the Adriatic Sea in front of the Abruzzo region coastline at the end of their productive phase.
Cutting-edge activities of the project include the application of innovative eco-sustainable strategies of aquaculture based on integrated shellfish and holothurians farming, design and development of innovative systems for renewable energy generation needed for multipurpose platform activities, the development of innovative integrated systems for the assessment of ecological sustainability of multipurpose platform activities and their maintenance, cost-benefit analyses and business scenarios taking into account also recreational aspects.
To achieve its goals this project relies on a consortium composed by a big industrial partner, a SME and 6 top ranked research institutes/universities. It involves coastal, mechanical, energetic and materials engineers, ecologists, economists, monitoring experts.
This project represents a major opportunity to modify the business as usual approach to the sea and the use of its resource and will contribute to the blue growth of the sectors involved promoting diversification and synergies and therefore improving attractiveness, competitiveness and innovation at regional and national level.

Project duration



Università Politecnica delle Marche

Unibo Scientific Responsible

Barbara Zanuttigh

Other Unibo Departments involved

Dipartimento di Scienze e Qualità della Vita QUVI


  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università Di Bologna
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
  • Università degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"
  • Stazione zoologica Anton Dohrn
  • INSTM - Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali
  • Eni S.p.A.
  • Biosurvey S.R.L.


€ 9.114.177,73

Unibo Budget

€ 499.177,72

MIUR Funding

€ 4.375.988,85

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