Project - Promoting innovative nEtworks and cLusters for mArine renewable energy synerGies in mediterranean cOasts and iSlands

Description


Description (EN): 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.
Description: La mer représente une ressource énorme en matière d'énergie renouvelable (Energie bleue) avec entre autre les vagues, les marées et les courants marins. Exploiter le potentiel économique de cette énergie d'une manière durable a été soulignée dans la stratégie Croissance Bleue Européenne comme l'un des domaines clés qui, afin de développer des capacités et une masse critique suffisante, doit être soutenu par l'implication d'un large éventail d'acteurs. Le projet vise à accroître les capacités d'innovation et les coopérations entre acteurs des énergies bleues en Méditerranée au travers de la promotion d'un cluster transnational, les rassemblant afin de partager une compréhension commune des défis et de concevoir collectivement des solutions viables. PELAGOS mettra ainsi en place en cluster dédié qui fera la promotion de technologies et offrira un ensemble d'activités supports aux bénéficiaires comme les fournisseurs de technologies, les entreprises, les opérateurs financiers, les autorités publiques et les ONG citoyennes. Le projet permettra d'améliorer l'internationalisation des membres du cluster au travers d'un ensemble d'activités qui permettra de conjointement identifier des opportunités pour les énergies bleues. Cet objectif sera atteint par un affinement des connaissances existantes, le développement de compétences, l'identification d'opportunités facilitant la croissance économique en rapprochant les fournisseurs et les utilisateurs des industries maritimes ciblées.
Expected Results (EN): 1 Enhancement of commercial exploitation of Blue Energy research and innovation competencies of Mediterranean actors across the integrated value chain : Marine renewable energy (Wave energy, Tidal stream energy, thermal gradient power, salinity gradient power), presents the EU and in particular Mediterranean with an opportunity to generate economic growth, enhance the security of its energy supply and foster competitiveness through technological innovation. The position of European industry in the global ocean energy market is currently strong since most of the technology developers are based in Europe. Innovation through R&D can allow the EU to generate export opportunities for both technologies and know-how and ensure that the EU can maintain its industrial leadership. With public support for early stage development, the blue energy sector may be able to play a critical role in the future. Blue energy currently is at an infant stage with most of the existing technologies still in need to demonstrate their reliability in the seas and innovative SMEs often short of the necessary resources to deploy their prototypes. PELAGOS addresses the above mentioned challenges by engaging actors from the various industries involved, in order to play a facilitating and coordinating role in the exploitation of this emerging technology. The commercialisation of the blue energy sector certainly needs both technical and non-technical advancements. However, given the long investment time horizons for new technologies this project considers blue energy a promising new technology and considers how the EU could usefully support its development.1 Enhancement of commercial exploitation of Blue Energy research and innovation competencies of Mediterranean actors across the integrated value chain : Marine renewable energy (Wave energy, Tidal stream energy, thermal gradient power, salinity gradient power), presents the EU and in particular Mediterranean with an opportunity to generate economic growth, enhance the security of its energy supply and foster competitiveness through technological innovation. The position of European industry in the global ocean energy market is currently strong since most of the technology developers are based in Europe. Innovation through R&D can allow the EU to generate export opportunities for both technologies and know-how and ensure that the EU can maintain its industrial leadership. With public support for early stage development, the blue energy sector may be able to play a critical role in the future. Blue energy currently is at an infant stage with most of the existing technologies still in need to demonstrate their reliability in the seas and innovative SMEs often short of the necessary resources to deploy their prototypes. PELAGOS addresses the above mentioned challenges by engaging actors from the various industries involved, in order to play a facilitating and coordinating role in the exploitation of this emerging technology. The commercialisation of the blue energy sector certainly needs both technical and non-technical advancements. However, given the long investment time horizons for new technologies this project considers blue energy a promising new technology and considers how the EU could usefully support its development.2 Increase of transnational cooperation amongst Mediterranean maritime Clusters in Blue Energy offering support services to all relevant actors : The project will establish a Mediterranean Innovative Cluster in Blue Energy sector (MRE) property designed to enhance innovation capacities of all key actors involved, with emphasis on SMEs. This cluster will deliver a consolidated mix of innovative transnational services and will foster linkages and collaborations among all the stakeholders of the Quadruple Helix Innovation Model of Blue Growth, in order to achieve the necessary engagement and coordination for the successful deployment of this emerging industry. In particular, PELAGOS cluster will increase SMEs' innovation capacities, support research and innovation in MRE sector, improve the linkages both at regional and transnational level and generate the critical mass that is essential for the deployment of this emerging technology. Cluster actors from the seven participant countries will exchange in a coordinated manner and define common objectives and plans of action. More specifically, with regards to SMEs, the Cluster will support them to identify opportunities for diversification of their products, identification of new markets and trends, cooperation with companies that operate on supplementary products and joint R&D activities. Furthermore, the cluster will assist SMEs to better network with large enterprises and RTOs, connect them with potential investors and financing institutions and expose them to regional authorities and NGOs that act in the local communities.3 Accelerated deployment of Blue Energy solutions in key Mediterranean maritime industries by engaging private, government and social sector : Despite its immature stage of implementation, it appears that blue energy is well suited to the Mediterranean. Moreover, blue energy is a cross-cutting issue that involves other relevant sectors such as tourism, aquaculture, shipbuilding and ship repair, transport activities etc., from which synergies shall be enhanced through the operation of PELAGOS cluster. PELAGOS is expected to ensure that a robust marine renewable energy industry can help create jobs, revitalize abandoned shipyards, and improve the economies of coastal and insular communities. The project will demonstrate that new technologies used in the blue energy field can generate positive externalities and help traditional maritime industries to align themselves with regulations and market pressures. Like other renewable energies, blue energy will benefit from a clear, stable and supportive policy framework to attract investment and secure social acceptance in order to develop its full potential. Complex licensing and consenting procedures can delay projects and raise costs, while uncertainty about the correct application of environmental legislation may further prolong consenting processes. Integrating blue energy into national maritime spatial plans and exchange of information on the environmental impacts, is required to understand and mitigate any adverse effects blue energy installations may have on marine ecosystems.
Expected Outputs (EN): Enhancement of research and innovation competencies & skills on Blue energy,Development of market driven clean solutions and products,Deployment of Blue Energy in key Mediterranean maritime sectors,Establishment of a transnational Mediterranean Cluster in Blue Energy,Development of instruments to support SMEs innovation

Thematic Information


Thematics: Clustering and economic cooperation  Renewable energy  
Specific Objective: To increase transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the MED area
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Promoting innovative nEtworks and cLusters for mArine renewable energy synerGies in mediterranean cOasts and iSlands
Project name: Promouvoir les réseaux et clusters innovants dédiés à la synergie des énergies marines renouvelables dans les côtes et les îles méditerranéennes
Project acronym: PELAGOS

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-05-23

Web: https://interreg-med.eu/

Project start date: 2016-11-01
Project end date: 2019-07-31
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2.396.104,00
European Union funding: EUR 2.036.688,40

ERDF budget: EUR 2.036.688,40

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Lead Partner (EN): CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING - CRES
Lead Partner: CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING - CRES
Department: Division of Development Programmes
Address: 19th klm Marathonos Avenue, Pikermi, Attica, Greece
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Department: Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Ecology
Address: Ivana Lucica 5, Zagreb, Croatia
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Department: European Project Unit
Address: Maison des Technologies - Place Georges Pompidou, Toulon, France
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Address: 150A Franklin Roosevelt & Omonoias Avenue,3rd Floor, Limassol, Cyprus
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Department: INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY
Address: 46.7 km Athens-Sounion Ave., Anavyssos, Greece
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Department: Eurosportelloveneto
Address: via delle Industrie Street, 19/d, Venice, Italy
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Department: OPEUMAR - European Projects Office
Address: Parque Tecnológico de Fuente álamo Ctra. El Estrecho-Lobosillo, km. 2, Fuente álamo, Murcia, Spain
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Department: Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer (CRIA)
Address: Campus de Gambelas, Pavilhão B1, Faro, Portugal
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Department: Sustainable Territorial and Production Systems Department/ Laboratory of climate modeling and impacts (CLIM)
Address: Lungotevere Thaon di Revel 76, Roma, Italy
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