University of Cyprus - Oceanography centre – UCY
Opening of the BEL: 15/05/2018, Nicosia
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.
2nd BEL: 20/09/2018, Nicosia
On 20th September the partner Cyprus Oceanographic Centre organized its second BEL. During the meeting, that counted on the participation of 67 representatives from local authorities, BSOs, research centres and general public, the national strategy and action plan for the integrated management of coastal zones in Cyprus for the period 2018-2030 was presented. Afterward, it was presented the provisions of the national legislation on Maritime Spatial Planning. The MAESTRALE project was introduced, to the audience, as well as the in-depth results from the BE potential analysis for Cyprus. In addition, the results of the 1st BEL PESTEL analysis were discussed. Finally, speakers from Greece presented the actions and the strategy for the development of maritime spatial planning in Greece and the prospects of the blue growth in Greece and the challenges for the companies since the beginning of the implementation of the maritime spatial planning.
The participants point out the importance of creating a single national plan for maritime spatial planning, which will smooth the current licensing procedures of Blue Energy projects in Cyprus. The positive effects of the creation of Blue Energy projects were highlighted, while the planning and then the implementation of 2 pilot projects of Blue Energy in the MAESTRALE project were decided.
The 1st Pilot project is a Marine Biomass plant, which is going to pump sea water on shore and grow algae in order to be used as biofuel or to be dried and directly used for energy production. The 2nd PP is a pilot wave energy plant. This project will use an innovative floating technology for wave energy harvesting. This technology has already been tested with promising results in areas with lower energy potential than the optimal areas that exist around the island.