It´s early evening, but the sun is still relentless. There are 21 hours to go till the end of Innovathon. With the clock ticking, the ten teams are discussing ideas under a canvas tent installed on Carcavelos Beach, where they will work, sleep and eat until the end of the event. In all, there are 120 students from 18 universities with a wide range of profiles. These include engineers, doctors, geologists... all of whom have a common goal: to develop sustainable solutions for the sea economy.
“We decided to address the issue of aquaculture”, explains Erica Godinho, a 29-year-old geologist and leader of one of the two Galp teams. “We want to develop a self-sustainable system with no need for human intervention, with low maintenance costs and its own energy source, making use of the power of the waves”, she explained to Energiser. “This offshore fishing method still involves a number of problems, due to the costs, the sensitivity of the species and microplastics.”