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In July of 2020, Proteus Ocean Group unveiled its plans to build PROTEUS™, the world’s most advanced underwater research station. PROTEUS™ is an ocean observatory and research platform that will enable scientists, innovators, and global customers to search for and reveal solutions to our planet’s most critical concerns, including new medicinal discoveries, food sustainability, and the impacts of climate change.
The habitat will include the use of hydroponics, allowing inhabitants to grow fresh plant life for food, marking a unique approach to address challenges that come with underwater living, such as not being allowed to cook with open flames. The habitat will be sustainably powered by hybrid sources including wind and solar, and will include a full-scale video production facility to provide continuous live streaming for educational programming.
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Proteus Ocean Group's recent site mapping mission in Curaçao, with the help of strategic partners (Map the Gaps, R2Sonic & Carmabi) to map the entire marine protected area helped gain a bigger picture of the ecosystem and seafloor. Not only was this a critical step in determining the precise location of Proteus’ future home, but a significant move towards the first, and important, data point in the regional database that will be developed as integrated data management system.
This initiative also served Proteus Ocean Group's mission to share vital knowledge with both the local community in Curaçao and the greater global community, and contributed to the UN’s goal of mapping 30% of the ocean by 2030.
An Ideal Location for Marine Research
PROTEUS' first home
Curaçao, favored jurisdiction of PROTEUS™, is an ideal location for marine research. Its accessible coral reefs and incredibly rich biodiverse marine ecosystems create an abundant ‘playground’ for researchers.
PROTEUS™ will directly benefit Curaçao’s economic growth and help advance sustainability, scientific research, and innovation for the island. PROTEUS™ will enable industry, academia, and government to connect and contribute to the development, prosperity and partnership growth in the region.
In June 2014, Fabien Cousteau and his team of aquanauts embarked on Mission 31, the longest science expedition to take place at Aquarius, the world’s only underwater marine laboratory.
For 31 straight days, Fabien and his team kept the importance of the ocean in the news, classrooms, businesses, and homes worldwide broadcasting each moment live on multiple channels, and exposing the world to the adventure, intrigue and mystique of what lies beneath.
One of the biggest frustrations Fabien has had as an Ocean explorer and aquanaut, is the lack of accessibility at the final frontier. It became very evident during Mission 31 Aquarius, that untethered access to the bottom world and the co-efficiency of time that allows for unprecedented access to pandora’s box of ocean discovery is extraordinarily valuable. This mission, where Fabien and his crew lived and worked underwater, gave a very real appreciation and understanding that we are missing a vital tool in our exploration chest - that of a modern day International Space Station underwater.
PROTEUS™ will transform how we conduct underwater science and engineering. The innovation cycle will be shortened by having a true laboratory underwater, rather than a simple living space like prior underwater habitats. Extended duration missions allow new ways of working, such as virtual international teams of experts, and the participation of citizen scientists.
— Mark Patterson, Ph.D.
Professor of Marine & Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University