An original experimental buoy, called “Sailbuoy”, designed for scientific activities to obtain data from the ocean surface, has been placed in the waters of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain) this week.

The Canary Islands Oceanic Platform (Plocan) has launched a project in collaboration with the company Grafinta SA allowing them to conduct scientific research on ocean water surface. The “Sailbuoy”, designed by Norwegian company Christian Michelsen Research (CMR), will have sensor system on board for collecting data, in this case, on salinity, temperature, conductivity and oxygen, but it could gather also other information. Sailbuoy collects data via a two-way satellite communication system in order to be able to display information about the device status in real-time and to have all the data accessible on the internet for free.

The buoy, which is 2m long and 50cm wide, is equipped with a system that lets it sail, and now is conducted by the European Station for Time Series in the Ocean, Canary Islands, 100 km from Gran Canaria, where it will remain three weeks capturing data from the ocean surface. At the same time, it will serve for acquiring knowledge about the system’s efficiency for this type of research and its future possibilities.

The real-time monitoring is being conducted from Plocan. The buoy, which is held in navigating autonomously, has many applications, including, for example, an app for finding a possible oil pollution. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that this way of obtaining data costs three times less than collecting the same data with conventional means, according to reports from the Spanish platform.