Which modular projects are part of the Blue Growth Community?

MAESTRALE

MAESTRALE – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

The project Maestrale intends to lay the basis for a Maritime Energy Deployment Strategy in the Mediterranean. Based on a survey of existing and innovative technologies, hindrances and potentials in participating countries, it aims to widen knowledge sharing among scientists, policy makers, entrepreneurs and citizens and prompt effective actions and investments for blue growth.

Notwithstanding the large number of academic and technical studies in the field of renewable blue energy, there is a lack of concrete initiatives and operating plants in the MED area. To fill this gap, project partners will cooperate to detect maritime renewable energy potentials in participating countries as regards their physical, legal, technological, economic and social contexts. Among the issues to be faced, there are environmental sustainability, technological innovation, acceptability by citizens, and possible conflicts with marine ecosystems.

The main output will consist in the creation of Blue Energy Labs (BEL) to take place in each participating region. BELs will involve local enterprises, public authorities, knowledge institutions and citizens and will operate to support future blue energy policies and plan concrete strategies for blue growth. A number of pilot projects will serve the purpose of raising awareness among local stakeholders, facilitating social acceptance, decreasing uncertainty and increasing feasibility of concrete interventions.

Lead Partner: University of Siena – Italy

PELAGOS

PELAGOS - PROMOTING INNOVATIVE NETWORKS AND CLUSTERS FOR MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY SYNERGIES IN MEDITERRANEAN COASTS AND ISLANDS

The sea represents a huge resource for renewable energy (Blue Energy, BE) such as waves, tides, and marine currents.

Harnessing the economic potential of this energy in a sustainable manner has been highlighted in the Commission's Blue Growth Strategy as one of key areas, where in order to build the necessary capacity and critical mass, it is necessary to involve a wide range of stakeholders. The project aims to increase the innovation capacities and cooperation of BE actors in MED through promoting a transnational cluster, bringing them together in order to develop a shared understanding of the challenges and collectively devise workable solutions. PELAGOS will establish a Cluster in Blue Energy that will promote novel technologies and provide a mix of support activities to beneficiaries such as technology providers, enterprises, financial operators, authorities, NGOs end citizens. The project will enhance internationalization of the Cluster members through a range of activities that will jointly identify opportunities of BE in Mediterranean insular and coastal regions.

This will be achieved through fine-tuning of existing know-how, development of skills, identification of common business opportunities and facilitation of growth by bridging providers and users in targeted maritime industries. The development of this emerging sector can become an important part of the blue economy, fuelling economic growth in coastal regions and create new, high-quality jobs.

Lead Partner: Centre for renewable energy sources and saving – Pikermi Attica Greece

Mistral

MISTRAL - Mediterranean Innovation STRAtegy for transnational activity of clusters and networks of the Blue Growth

The project aims to strengthen a transnational partnership made up of 8 countries in order to:

  • Make marine knowledge and sustainable innovation the key drivers for BG,
  • Support MED clusters to become an excellent intermediary of knowledge for increasing blue economy,
  • Design and implement sustainable development trajectories harmonized with the MED regions Smart Specialization Strategies.

The strong partnership, thanks to the open innovation approach, will act as catalyzer for cooperative sustainable innovation actions, placing MISTRAL in a unique position to help the boost of the BG sector in the MED area responding to the programme challenges.

MISTRAL has the ambition to develop a wider governance vision towards 2020 in the BG sector as well as assuring the effective policy mainstreaming. In conclusion, MISTRAL will be the Blue Innovation wind in the MED area unlocking the innovation potential of the coastal and marine ecosystem.

Lead partner: Emilia–Romagna Region, DG Knowledge, Labour and Enterprise Economy - Research, Innovation, Energy and Sustainable Economy Dep.