The Blue Growth Community reflects on technological innovation for the sustainable development of blue energies in the Mediterranean basin

The second capitalization event of the InnoBlueGrowth Project will be held on November 27-28, 2017 in Naples (Italy). It will have the theme of blue energy, as two of the modular projects it capitalizes on this theme are MAESTRALE and PELAGOS.

In the splendid setting of the Partenope University in Naples, the second capitalization event of the InnoBlueGrowth Project will be held on November 27-28, 2017. It will have the theme of blue energy, as two of the modular projects it capitalizes on this theme are MAESTRALE and PELAGOS.

MAESTRALE aims to lay the basis for a maritime energy deployment strategy in the Mediterranean. MAESTRALE promotes the creation of Blue Energy Labs (BEL) in each participating region, involving local enterprises, public authorities, agencies and citizens in order to support future blue policies and plan concrete development strategies for blue growth.

PELAGOS aims to develop smart and sustainable growth by enhancing a transnational Mediterranean cluster in the blue energy sector. PELAGOS facilitates the distribution of targeted solutions and products specifically calibrated for the Med Region. It also offers support to relevant stakeholders by promoting knowledge sharing in R&D and by enhancing social acceptance.

This transnational action will help establish the first steps towards the sustainable development of marine renewable energies by involving all actors of the sector. It will also be the opportunity to transfer key messages to the Union for the Mediterranean’s Stakeholders’ Conference to be held to following days.

Decision-makers, end-users, stakeholders and funding entities in the blue energy sector, multipliers, Interreg Program bodies, entrepreneurs from supply chains, are expected to attend this event. It will be an opportunity to share and capitalize the results achieved by MAESTRALE and PELAGOS and to know the other projects that operate in the blue energy sector in the Mediterranean. Participants will meet experts in the blue economy sector and they will can exchange innovation and good practices in the industry.

The event will also enhance the visibility of the Blue Growth community and its impact on regional, local, national and Mediterranean decision-making.

The creation of synergies and mutual enrichment between INTERREG projects dealing with similar issues and the identification of innovative approaches that could be relevant for other Mediterranean regions are also envisaged.

At the end of the Naples event, a common message on the issue of blue energy in the Mediterranean, the position of the paper and the technical recommendations will be published and disseminated.