AREG calls for input to major EU marine energy project

May 21, 2018

The Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) is calling for input from its members as it looks to draw up an international strategy for marine energy, working with organisations across Europe.

The Europe Leading Blue Energy (ELBE) project seeks to position Europe as the world technological and industrial leader in blue energy.

AREG members will hear about the project at an event tomorrow evening (Tuesday) at the Palm Court Hotel in Aberdeen. The Member Showcase event will also include presentations from Wood, Xodus Group and 1CSI.

The ELBE project is part of the European Union’s Cluster Collaboration Platform and has been selected as the main representative of the energy sector during the recent call first stage.

The 18-month project will be implemented by a consortium of organisations, which includes AREG, Flanders’ Maritime Cluster (Belgium), Offshoreväst (Sweden) y (Denmark), under the co-ordination of the Basque Energy Cluster in Spain. A kick-off meeting was held recently in Brussels.

The purpose of ELBE during the first phase is to forge business and define a joint internationalisation strategy to be launched in the second phase.

It is expected that phase one will create new EU cross-border and cross-sectoral business alliances and will identify business opportunities for SMEs in the emerging global offshore wind, wave and tidal markets.

The partners also plan to deliver a strategy for European businesses to enter global markets and create an alliance with a clear focus and which is ready for internationalisation.

Jean Morrison, chair of AREG said: “There is a real drive across Europe for marine energy technological development – particularly wave, tidal and floating wind power which are part of this initiative scope.  There is also a global demand for clean power which our businesses help create.

“This is a great opportunity for our members to get involved and find out about new markets by sharing knowledge and offering support.”

Among other activities, the project aims to conduct market analysis in the main non-European countries involved in marine energy developments, alliance participation in international events and the organisation of several networking and technical events among the companies of the different regions.

The partners involved represent 532 organisations, 17 blue energy test and demonstration centres, 24 wave energy developers, seven tidal developers and seven floating offshore wind developers.

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