The Greek participation to Maestrale project

An article from the online magazine “Green Agenda”

It was published few days ago on the Greek edition of the online magazine “Green Agenda” an article that describes how Maestrale project contribute to the development of blue energy in Greece.
In particular, through the Department of Architecture of Aristotele University of Thessaloniki, Maestrale will contribute to support the establishment of partnerships between the public and private sectors, in order to guarantee the exchange of knowledge and innovation and to lay the foundations for the growing blue initiatives, trough the creation of the Blue Energy Laboratories and through the design of the pilot project, creating the right conditions for the exploitation of renewable energy in the marine environment and the promotion of actions and investments for blue growth, respecting the environmental and cultural values ​​of the region, in order to cover the lack of initiatives in the Mediterranean.
In the article are then explored figures about blue economy: according to EU figures, the "blue" economy currently represents 5.4 million jobs and a gross value added of almost 500 billion euros a year.
According to the EU, the term oceanic energy refers to the energy that can be recovered from the movement of the waves, from the tide, from the difference in temperature or from the salinity of the waters, etc. The main forms of oceanic energy are the wave, the tide, the thermal energy and the oceanic osmotic energy. Ocean energy, together with wind and marine biofuels, are sources of renewable marine energy / blue energy.
In the context of "blue growth", the European Union is promoting strategies to support the sustainable development of the maritime and marine sectors, leveraging the European economy, with great potential for innovation and growth.
The "Blue Development" strategy includes three components:

  1. Specific measures of an integrated maritime policy;
  2. Maritime basin strategies to ensure the most appropriate combination of measures to promote sustainable development taking into account local climatic, oceanographic, economic, cultural and social factors;
  3. A targeted approach to specific activities such as aquaculture, coastal tourism, marine biotechnology, the use of blue energy and the exploitation of the seabed.

To read the full article in Greek;