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a Virtual and physical ExperimeNtal Towing centre for the design of eneRgy Efficient sea-faring vessels

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "VENTuRE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: University Campus, Tal-Qroqq
city: MSIDA
postcode: 2080

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 Coordinator Country Malta [MT]
 Total cost 799˙903 €
 EC max contribution 799˙902 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.4.b. (Twinning of research institutions)
 Code Call H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-03
 Funding Scheme CSA
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-01-01   to  2022-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA TA MALTA MT (MSIDA) coordinator 344˙927.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE UK (GLASGOW) participant 232˙706.00
3    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA IT (GENOVA) participant 167˙017.00


 Project objective

The Maltese maritime industry is seeing rapid development with a view to adhere to all international standards and regulations whilst at the same time adopt the latest novel and state-of-the-art engineering techniques to adequately support this vision. However, the maritime industry in Malta still lacks the appropriate capability to support this development and is seeking knowledge exchange to build up its capability in the long term.

As part of building such capability, the University of Malta is forging ahead with plans to set up virtual and experimental towing facilities that are fundamental for the design of energy efficient sea-faring vessels. Although the infrastructure is planned, the appropriate long term use of such facilities can only be secured via the appropriate expertise and networking activities with institutions that have already established a strong track record in the field. This Twinning Action will enable the transfer of essential knowledge from two internationally-leading research institutions, namely the University of Strathclyde (UK) and the University of Genoa (Italy) to Malta.

Knowledge transfer will be through different planned activities: short specialist courses to enhance scientific and technological capacity, an e-platform for training, short term visits to the partners, short term expert visits, technician/lab staff visits; actions to build tomorrow’s maritime professionals and academic innovators, research conferences, student exchanges, student mentoring and joint supervision, secondment in industry, winter and summer schools; actions to raise the research profile of the UM by forming research networking activities, involvement in hydro-testing forums and conferences, and cooperation for on-going research activities and events. The local industry that is seeking to fit in the expanding local maritime industry is seen as a key partner in providing the necessary support and characterisation of real-life maritime requirements.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Michael D. Mifsud, Tonio Sant, Robert N. Farrugia
A comparison of Measure-Correlate-Predict Methodologies using LiDAR as a candidate site measurement device for the Mediterranean Island of Malta
published pages: 947-959, ISSN: 0960-1481, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2018.05.023
Renewable Energy 127 2020-03-05
2018 Colin Bonnici, Claire De Marco Muscat-Fenech, Robert Ghirlando
Residual Strength Analysis of a Damaged WWII T2 Tanker
published pages: 48-74, ISSN: 0022-4502, DOI: 10.5957/josr.170023
Journal of Ship Research 62/1 2020-03-05
2017 Bonnici, C., De Marco Muscat-Fenech, C., Ghirlando, R.
Analysis of a WWII T-2 Tanker Using a Virtual 3D Model and Contemporary Criteria
published pages: , ISSN: 1479-8751, DOI: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2017.a4.430
International Journal of Maritime Engineering 2020-03-05
2018 Tonio Sant, Daniel Buhagiar, Robert N. Farrugia
Evaluating a new concept to integrate compressed air energy storage in spar-type floating offshore wind turbine structures
published pages: 232-241, ISSN: 0029-8018, DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.08.017
Ocean Engineering 166 2020-03-05
2019 Daniel Farrugia, Tonio Sant, Daniel Buhagiar, Robert N Farrugia
Analysis of the wind and wave-induced dynamic response of a floating offshore wind turbine integrating a compressed air energy storage system
published pages: 0309524X1984985, ISSN: 0309-524X, DOI: 10.1177/0309524x19849854
Wind Engineering 2020-02-28
2019 D. Buhagiar, T. Sant, R. N. Farrugia, D. Farrugia
Increasing the Value of Offshore Wind by Integrating On-Board Energy Storage
published pages: 12038, ISSN: 1742-6588, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/1222/1/012038
Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1222 2020-02-28
2018 Sant, T., Farrugia, R.N., Farrugia, D., Buhagiar, D. and Strati, F.M.
Cost Analysis of Two Offshore Hydro-pneumatic Energy Storage Concepts
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Offshore Energy and Storage Symposium 2018, Ningbo, China 2020-02-28
2017 De Marco Muscat-Fenech, C., Bonello, J., Champagne, S.,
Assessment of Residual Strength of Marine Laminate Panels
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
3rd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites, MECHCOMP3 2020-02-28
2017 Sant, T., Buhagiar, D. and Farrugia, R.N.,
Evaluating a New Concept for Integrating Compressed Air Energy Storage in Spar-type Floating Offshore Wind Turbines
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Offshore Energy and Storage Symposium 2016 Cape Cod USA 2020-02-28
2019 Daniel Buhagiar, Tonio Sant, Robert N. Farrugia, Luke Aquilina, Daniel Farrugia, Federica M. Strati
Small-scale Experimental Testing of a Novel Marine Floating Platform with Integrated Hydro-pneumatic Energy Storage
published pages: 100774, ISSN: 2352-152X, DOI: 10.1016/j.est.2019.100774
Journal of Energy Storage 24 2020-02-28
2018 Buhagiar, D., Sant, T., Farrugia, R.N., Aquilina, L., Farrugia, D. and Strati, F.M.
A First Embodiment of a Marine Floating Platform with Integrated Energy Storage
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Offshore Energy and Storage Symposium 2018, Ningbo, China 2020-02-28

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