Innovation Platform "Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions ISSS"

Intelligent Technologies for the Blue Economy


Protected ecosystems | Healthy oceans | Renewable resources


Oceans, coastal areas and marine activities play a crucial role now and in the future of the European Union and its citizens. But more than ever, the oceans are under increasing pressure due to overfishing and pollution. Consequently, sustainable development of the oceans is required in order to ensure their health and productiveness.

For that, we – Fraunhofer, SINTEF, VTT, RISE, TNO, Tecnalia, +Atlantic CoLAB, AZTI, ENEA and IFREMER – propose the joint initiative »Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions – Intelligent Technologies for the Blue Economy« in order to boost the Green Deal and the Blue Growth in emerging, established and associated Blue Economy sectors. The mission is the responsible utilization of our oceans, to harness their potential and create more value and more jobs in the European marine and maritime sectors, by developing and mastering new technologies to ensure European industry leadership in global markets and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.


Using the momentum for innovation and change


The Initiative "Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions – Intelligent Technologies for the Blue Economy ISSS" aims at key enabling technologies for in-depth technological innovations and solutions for sea, ocean and subsea activities, as well as at shared infrastructures and data platforms through cross-cutting collaboration to ensure healthy and resilient oceans. It will focus on European ocean activities and cross-link relevant national and European initiatives to form an integrated whole to foster technological innovations and applications in the field of e.g. underwater robotics and automation, underwater sensors and actuators, underwater materials, communication and digitalization. This will ensure safe, cost-effective and sustainable offshore operations and provide reliable and accurate data and information on the ocean for better-informed decision-making by policy makers, businesses and investors. The aim is a fast transfer into industrial applications within the three central application areas Aquaculture, Ocean Cleaning and Energy and Raw Materials Harvesting and its implementation areas of Europe’s sea basins.


On 23 September 2021, we launched the Innovation Platform "Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions" 

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We, Fraunhofer, and our partners +ATLANTIC CoLAB, AZTI, ENEA, Ifremer, RISE, SINTEF, TECNALIA, TNO and VTT launched the Innovation Platform ISSS during a #EMDInMyCountry and UN Ocean Decade Activity Event: »A boost for sustainable sea and ocean solutions. Intelligent technologies for the Blue Economy - ISSS platform«.

We thank everyone that participated in this exciting exchange of ideas and technologies! Below, you will find the presentations and recording of the key note speech. 

  • Knowledge creates perspectives. Perspectives spark solutions. 

    Embark on our path towards the responsible utilization of our oceans, discover our »Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions ISSS« Innovation Platform and explore our partner organizations’ intelligent technologies to advance the Blue Economy. Verena Fennemann, Head of Fraunhofer EU Office, will guide you through the event.

    Listen to the insightful key note by Nina Jensen (CEO, REV Ocean), on the importance of our oceans and the empowering role of ocean science for the future we want. Dive into a panel discussion with Anssi Mikola (Founder, RiverRecycle), Szilvia Nemeth (Deputy Head of Unit, Healthy Ocean and Seas, DG Research & Innovation, EU-Commission), Alexandra Neyts (Senior Advisor, European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform EATIP), António Sarmento (President, WavEC Offshore Renewables) and Bård Wathne Tveiten (Vice President EU Research and Innovation, Sintef Ocean) on the questions of why improved collection, management and use of ocean data is important and how collaboration on ocean data and knowledge management between industry, research, policy and citizens can be enhanced.

    Learn more about our competences and solutions in the areas of energy and resource harvesting, ocean cleaning, and aquaculture. In three expert sessions, our scientists will pitch their research results, which we can use to tackle the ocean challenges. Become inspired by the latest technology highlights and interesting spotlights with our experts and exciting Q&A sessions moderated by Johanna Parks (Scientific Advisor, Fraunhofer).

    We will close with your vote on the best ocean project presentation.

  • The recording of the key note speech given by Nina Jensen (REV Ocean)