A talk with Angeliki Fotiadou from University of Thessaloniki

Greek partner of Maestrale intervied by online magazine Epixeiro

Angeliki Fotiadou, in charge for Maestrale project at the Department of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki talks about the MAESTRALE project with Epixeiro, an online magazine.
You can find the Greek original version here: http://www.epixeiro.gr/article/92422 , while here below some extracts from the interview. 

What is the MAESTRALE international cooperation project? Who is it from and what purpose?
The International Co-operation Project MAESTRALEaims to provide the basis for a strategy for the development of Blue Sea in the Mediterranean. Based on relevant research on existing and innovative technologies, it aims to widen the knowledge sharing among scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and citizens and promote effective actions and investments in the field of renewable green energy. There are eleven partners from eight EU member states. (Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia) working together to identify the potential of renewable energy in the participating regions in terms of their physical, legal, technological, economic and social context. technological innovation, social acceptance and potential impacts on marine ecosystems.

Who is the project partner for Greece and who will be the general coordinator of the project?
The project partner in Greece is the Department of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the coordinator of the project and the lead partner is the University of Siena.

How is the MAESTRALE project financed?
The MAESTRALE project is funded under the "Priority Axis 1 - Innovation" of the Interreg MED 2014-2020 program, with implementation period from 1/11/2016 to 31/10/2019

What do you have about the exploitation of "blue" energy in general in Europe and especially in Greece? At what level is it moving?
The EU Sees "blue energy as a unique opportunity to meet the targets set for increasing the contribution of renewable energy sources to the energy mix and reducing greenhouse gases, while stimulating the economy through innovation and job creation. With the exception of offshore wind, which is already widely used in Northern Europe with installed capacity of 15,780 MW in 2017, the other forms of marine RES are currently at pilot stage. Wave and tidal energy are considered to be the most promising for direct commercial use. In Greece, so far, two production permits have been granted, with a total capacity of 714.15 MW, but have not yet made the investment.

What are the major benefits of the MAESTRALE project?
A network of Blue Energy Labs (BELs) or Blue Energy Labs will be set up within MAESTRALE. This network will act as a collaborative platform for the main actors in the blue energy sector in the Mediterranean. The Department of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will proceed with the establishment of the Greek BEL in order to support the creation of public-private partnerships, to ensure the exchange of knowledge and innovation and to lay the foundations for initiatives in the field of blue growth in our country as well. BEL will, in turn, develop two or more pilot projects for blue power plants, which are expected to act as prototypes / examples for innovative start-up companies. Through the creation of BELs and the design of pilot projects, MAESTRALE will help identify the development potential of blue-green RES in the Mediterranean and provide appropriate information and awareness of local stakeholders, enhance social acceptance of relevant projects, reduce the climate of uncertainty and support for the sustainability of interventions.
This will create the right conditions for the exploitation of renewable energy sources in the marine environment and the promotion of actions and investments for the blue growth, respecting the environmental and cultural values ​​of the region, in order to cover the lack of initiatives in the Mediterranean.