An international strategy for offshore energy in the Atlantic Arc


    The Atlantic Power Cluster (APC) project has created a transnational strategy for offshore energy, including ocean-based power (wave, tidal, currents) and offshore wind power, seeking complementarities that jointly address the challenges of developing offshore energy in the Atlantic Arc. The project is co-funded by ERDF funds under the operational programme for the Atlantic Area 2007-2013.

    On 2nd July, the final conference of the European project “Atlantic Power Cluster” was held, officially opened by Ignacio Diego, President of the Regional Govt. of Cantabria and the Atlantic Arc Commission. The event was organized by CIEMAT Sodercan and was held in the Auditorium of the Cantabrian Institute of Hydraulics (IH Cantabria).

    At the opening of the conference emphasis was placed by the Deputy Director of CIEMAT, Ramon Gavela, on the need for research and innovation in all kinds of efficient, clean and safe energy, including offshore energy, as part of the solution. Finally, Maria Teresa Molina, Assistant Deputy Director General to the Secretary of State for the EU at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressed the importance of the EU’s Integrated maritime policy, which aims to promote a cross-sectoral approach to maritime issues, so that policies related with the sea are formulated jointly, in order to achieve sustainable exploitation of the enormous potential of the seas and oceans, greater consideration of the coastal regions, and better management of cross-cutting elements of maritime industries. The importance of the EU’s Atlantic Maritime strategy was also reported on, and the recent agreement reached in the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning.

    Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2014