The project MAESTRALE intends to lay the basis for a Maritime Energy Deployment Strategy in the Mediterranean. Based on a
survey of existing and innovative technologies, hindrances and potentials in participating countries, it aims to widen
knowledge sharing among scientists, policy makers, entrepreneurs and citizens and prompt effective actions and investments
for blue growth.
Notwithstanding the large number of academic and technical studies in the field of renewable blue energy, there is a lack of
concrete initiatives and operating plants in the MED area. To fill this gap, project partners will cooperate to detect maritime
renewable energy potentials in participating countries as regards their physical, legal, technological, economic and social
contexts. Among the issues to be faced, there are environmental sustainability, technological innovation, acceptability by
citizens, and possible conflicts with marine ecosystems.
The main output will consist in the creation of Blue Energy Labs (BEL) to take place in each participating region. BELs will
involve local enterprises, public authorities, knowledge institutions and citizens and will operate to support future blue energy
policies and plan concrete strategies for blue growth. A number of pilot projects will serve the purpose of raising awareness
among local stakeholders, facilitating social acceptance, decreasing uncertainty and increasing feasibility of concrete
Maritime and Marine Cluster of Andalusia is a full partner in MAESTRALE, an Interreg Mediterranean Project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund