The MAESTRALE project officially kicked off in Seville (Spain) last November 28-30, 2016.

The MAESTRALE project officially started on November the 1st 2016. The kick-off meeting was held in Seville (Spain) on November 28-30th 2016.

The overall objective of MAESTRALE is to promote the development of Blue Energy in the Mediterranean area as a key sector of sustainable growth by promoting the creation and transnational networking of innovation clusters.

A consistent outcome of the project MAESTRALE has been the “International Catalogue of Best Practices and Case Studies” in the field of Blue Energy, representing an up-to-date picture of the state of the art of Blue Energy development in Europe. After a specific co-working session during the 1st Transnational Meeting in Rome, each PP had five case studies assigned to be investigated, described and embedded in the catalogue. As a result around 50 best practices have been collected i.e. Blue Energy technologies including waves-to-energy converters, marine tidal-to-energy converters, off-shore wind turbines, marine biomass-to-energy systems, sea-thermal grids and solutions to exploit salinity gradient based osmosis.

In parallel, the MAESTRALE team carried out a comprehensive overview of the legal framework concerning the regulation of Maritime environment in the Mediterranean countries. The knowledge framework on Blue Energy solutions, regulation and energy potentials (i.e. wave and tidal energy, wind and sea-thermal power) is the core of a GeoDatabase that will be soon available online.

To stay in tune with the most advanced solutions in the BE sector, the MAESTRALE team participated to a series of Study Visits to the companies holding the most promising solutions in the field.  The first study visit has been organized in the Civitavecchia harbour; the project partners visited the REWEC3 plant, a wave-to-energy converter embedded in two new piers of the harbour developed by the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.

The next field visits took place in Goteborg on 6-7 July 2017. In that occasion, the MAESTRALE team visited the Sven Lovén Center, where three promising marine energy solution have been shown: a) the SeaFarm project (macro-algae for energy extraction); b) a plant for the capture of wave energy “Seabased"; c) a plant of offshore wind energy (of an alternative configuration) “SeaTwirl". Two other interesting solutions have been shown in Sweden: a very innovative solution for the capture of energy from currents by Minesto and another innovative plant for wave energy exploitation by Wave4Power.