Great success for the Oceanography Center of University of Cyprus

More than 20 representatives from university, research centres, public institutions and business support organizations attended the 1st Blue Energy Laboratory in Nicosia on  15th of May.

The meeting was organized by Oceanography Center, University of Cyprus, that is acting in the project as partner, with collaboration of Cyprus Employers & Industrialist Federation (OEB), that is supporting Oceanography Center in the organizing of the Blue Energy laboratories.
During the 1st BEL, the MAESTRALE project was presented as well as the result from the BE Blue Energy potential analysis for Cyprus. In addition, also past initiatives for promoting BE in Cyprus were introduced to participants, that discussed the opportunities for using BE technologies in the area as well as the need to establish a common framework for maritime spatial planning. Participants expressed also the need to define the legal framework and permitting procedures in the maritime space of Cyprus. During the meeting a PESTLE analysis took place to investigate the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental aspects of the promotion of BE in our island.
The participants stated the importance of cooperation and knowledge sharing between the different entities in order to solve important issues such as the permitting procedure and the maritime spatial planning, the technological innovation and maturity as well as the possible environmental effects. The importance of such meetings was stated as essential for preparing the national plan for the maritime spatial planning.