Annual Report 2017
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Luca Benedetti Gestore dei Servizi Energetici - GSE S.p.A.


Recently, the EU Interreg-MED Programme has launched the horizontal project InnoBlueGrowth - “Horizontal Communication & Capitalization project for Innovation in Blue Growth at Mediterranean level” - with the aim to implement concrete actions (i.e. a communication strategy, community building initiatives and capitalization events), to build cohesive stakeholders communities sharing common interests and issues and to enlarge the spectrum of potentially connected industries. The project is coordinated by the National Interuniversity Consortium for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa, Italy). The “Launch of Blue Growth Community in Med Area” took place in Rome, 6-7 April 2017.

Italy is actively participating in the modular InnoBlueGrowth projects PELAGOS and MAESTRALE:

  • PELAGOS project ( is specifically dedicated to ocean energy and offshore wind energy and aims to define a management and coordination system connecting the different components of the Quadruple Helix, schematizing the linkages and the potential conflicts between knowledge production and knowledge use in the field of Blue Energy. It will connect the different stages of the production process, from the R&D activities to their operative implementation, to the creation of new interfaces with potential customers and the public opinion. To this end, a permanent Cluster of national hubs is being established. The Italian hub Demonstration Event took place at ENEA premises in Rome on 29 September 2017, and was followed by a B2B Event in Monfalcone (GO), 29 November 2017, and by a Capacity Building Event on entrepreneurship and technology transfer in Rosolina (RO), 13 December 2017
  • MAESTRALE project ( has started to lay the foundations for a strategy for the deployment of maritime energy in the Mediterranean area. Based on a survey of existing and innovative technologies, barriers and potentials in participating countries, MAESTRALE aims to broaden the sharing of knowledge among scientists, policy makers, entrepreneurs and citizens and encourage effective measures and investments for Blue Growth. MAESTRALE’s first Transnational Meeting took place in Rome, 4 -6 April 2017. The Horizontal Project InnoBlueGrowth, in its turn, organized the transnational event “Innovation for the development of marine energies in the Mediterranean”, Naples, 27-28 November 2017, where the first results of MAESTRALE and PELAGOS were presented.