Underwater construction concept could harness seabed energy resources

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Underwater construction concept could harness seabed energy resources

Japanese construction company Shimizu Corp. has revealed outlandish plans for an underwater living space. The project known as Ocean Spiral is an interesting concept, which would provide accommodation for 5,000 people and include research centers for excavating the seabed for energy resources.

Shimizu spokesman Masataka Noguchi said, “This is just a blueprint by our company, but we are aiming to develop the technology that would enable us to build an underwater living space.”

According to the company, the Ocean Spiral would include a spherical structure with a diameter of about 500 meters floating near the water’s surface. It will have a spiral path underneath, which will connect it to the excavation research center on the ocean bed, approximately three to four kilometers below. The spiral path would be about 15 kilometers long.

Humans will live inside the 500-meter pod, and the spiral paths, which would carry resources from deeper down, would also guard the Ocean Spiral from being influenced by strong currents, Noguchi explained.

The design for the building was developed by researchers from the University of Tokyo, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the government’s Fisheries Research Agency.

 

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