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Preparing the Mediterranean for renewable energy

Despite strong potential, the production of renewable energy in the Mediterranean is still lagging far behind the Northern seas. To develop this energy of the future, Maestrale, an international project, is currently assessing the “Middle Sea” in order to develop blue energy: clean energy produced by the sea.
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Since 2016, a team of academics, engineers, and professionals from eight countries in the basin region have been working hand-in-hand to find the ideal blue equation.

It is important for blue energy to not repeat the same mistakes other energy sources made in the past,” suggests Simone Basitanoni, professor of environmental chemistry and coordinator of the Maestrale project. “We must evaluate all aspects of the sustainable development of these technologies before we implement them.

With 46,000 km of coastline and a surface of 2.51 million sq. km, the Mediterranean is a promising zone for renewable energy. By studying various technologies, the Maestrale team hopes to provide the decision makers from various Mediterranean countries with essential information so they can develop blue energy without damaging an ecosystem already severely impacted by mankind.

The Energy Observer team will soon set off to discover one of the potential solutions. A project which wants to turns our dykes and jetties into energy converters with the aim of providing future ports with clean energy.

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