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Dutch plan 5km wide floating mega-islands for future living
With sea levels rising and populations expanding, Dutch engineers are developing a new concept of a floating “mega-island” anchored to the seabed.
The space will be large enough for a city-sized settlement of homes, farms, parks, recreational areas, and ports.
The platforms developed at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) is made up of triangles composed of wood and polystyrene.
Offshore wind farms, tidal energy, wave energy and floating solar panels would power the mega island.
MARIN’s goal for the future is to see the floating islands grow to 5 km or 3.1 miles.
Olaf Waals, designer of the concept at MARIN, said “In a time of rising sea levels, overpopulated cities, and an increasing number of activities at sea, raising dikes and spraying of sand may not be the most effective solution. Floating ports and cities are an innovative alternative that fits the Dutch maritime tradition.”
He believes the project will be feasible — as well as necessary — within the next 10 to 20 years. Faced with rising sea levels and a lack of space, “the Netherlands will have to divert back towards the water,” he said.
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