AREG is looking for input from its members 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.

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 Offshoreenergy.dk (Denmark), under the co-ordination of the Basque Energy Cluster in Spain.

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

To contribute or for more information, contact: info@aberdeenrenewables.com

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Blue Energy Testing and Demonstration Facilities


Technology developers in floating offshore wind, wave and tidal energy

Results expected

  • Creation of a true EU cross-border and cross-sectoral new value chain. Identification and prioritisation of business opportunities for SMEs in the emerging Blue Energy market.
  • An internationalisation strategy with joint high-impact actions and related indicators. Fostering of European SMEs internationalisation.
  • An alliance with a clear focus and ready for internationalisation. A governance model that assigns explicit responsibilities and tasks in order to guarantee its consolidation and success. Identification of at least two additional partners that would be part of an effort to develop a more pan-European consortium under a Strand 2 project.
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