INFORMEST – Agency for Development and International Economic Cooperation
Opening of the BEL – Monfalcone, 15th February 2018
INFORMEST, with the technical support of the Maritime Technology Cluster MARE FVG and of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, acting in the project as associated partner of MAESTRALE, organized the 1st working table among the regional stakeholders already active or interested in operating in the Blue Energy, involving around 20 participants, both from public and private sector.
The aim of the workshop was to present the MAESTRALE project to main regional stakeholders and of technological solutions and experimentations already active in the Adriatic sea, in order to stimulate a discussion on meanings of Blue Energy and of its possible potential.
As a synthesis of the meeting, the FVG stakeholders identified as possible solutions the creation of a chain of the metalworking / new materials sector and the development of some hypothesis for use of microalgae and salinity gradient as energy source.
2nd BEL - Monfalcone, 12th September 2018
INFORMEST and the Maritime Technology Cluster MARE FVG (technical partner of INFORMEST) organized in Monfalcone (Gorizia), at MARE FVG headquarters the 2nd BEL.
The main purpose of this 2nd BEL was to deepen and better evaluate the technical feasibility and the economic and environmental sustainability of the 2 possible pilot projects identified during the previous regional BEL held in February.
The 1st pilot project will be focused on the development of a regional mechanic supply chain, while the 2nd one will be addressed to the exploitation of micro-algae for production of bio-fuels.
3rd Blue Energy Laboratory
It was held on 3rd April, at Informest headquarters the 3rd laboratory on blue energy “BEL FVG”. The “BEL FVG” was established in February 2018 as part of the “Maestrale” project and counts about 30 participants, including the FVG regional administration, universities, research centres and companies.
The BEL FVG has been designed as a permanent monitory centre to share experiences and regional know-how on the topic renewable energies: in 2018, BEL FVG tried to identify two pilot actions to be developed in FVG’s territory.
Thanks to the experience of the Observatory of Experimental Geophysics OGS in the field of marine microalgae for the production of biofuels, it was developed the hypothesis for the first pilot action for the FVG, while the second pilot action is focused on the development of a component supply chain in the field of marine renewable energy plants.
During the meeting scientific, technical and feasibility elements, were shared among the entire working group, and data and information on marine ecosystem, the geophysical characteristics of the territory and the presence of specialised economic operators shared.
Among the goals of the BEL, there’s also the idea to put in line regional projects dealing with Blue Growth. In this context, it was given the opportunity to OGS to share with participants of the BEL FVG aims and activities of the DEEP BLUE project. Co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the project was recently launched. Both “Deep Blue” and “Maestrale” share the commitment to spread knowledge and awareness on the issues of sustainable blue growth, thanks also to the presence in the FVG territory of several actors and subjects that, for different reasons, deals with blue energy and blue growth.
Maestrale project is funded by FESR under the Interreg MED 2014-2020 program: the project promotes the blue energy topic as a key sector for a sustainable growth in the Mediterranean area.