Third and final networking workshop celebrated in Gothenburg, Sweden
In a highly anticipated event in Gothenburg, Sweden, ELBE cluster partners (AREG, Cluster de Energia, Energy Innovation Cluster, Blue Cluster and OffshoreVäst) and its members met on May 21st to discuss potential European supply chains and projects within the blue energy sector. Hosted by OffshoreVäst, the seminar day highlighted several innovative alternatives such as SeaTwirl’s offshore wind prototype, Minesto’s Deep Green kite and several different material solutions presented by the likes of SSAB (steel) and Hydro Extrusions Sweden AB (aluminum).
Additional presentations were made by ABB, DNV GL, Sigma Marine and Energy as well as Innovation Norway. ABB gave an overview of challenges and solutions to distribute the energy from offshore. There is an obvious break-even distance to choose between HVAC and HVDC systems. When it comes to the value chain of blue energy, a clear link is development and DNV GL together with Sigma Marine and Energy gave concrete examples on how the support from their organizations can strengthen the supply chain. Innovation Norway ended the seminar by presenting an overall picture of blue initiatives and clusters in Norway. There is clearly a great potential for future collaboration and common development of blue energy value chains there.
The event in Gothenburg also included a matchmaking session hosted and organised by EEN (enterprise europe network) and company visits to SSPA, MMT and Minesto. The first visit at MMT allowed participants to get a glimpse of the latest technology for seabed survey, enabling photogrammetric visualization in 3D. This was followed by a stop at the marine energy technology developer Minesto. They presented their technology and highlighted different ways to raise funds both public and private. The visit to SSPA was made on the following day and offered an opportunity to see the test facilities. A point was made regarding the possibility of early testing and verification of products and prototypes, reducing the lead time for several different projects.
As the event marked the third workshop of the ELBE (Europe Leading Blue Energy) project, a lot of discussions focused on the future in regard to possible blue energy projects and continued collaboration between the European clusters. In total, the event gathered more than 50 participants and more than 20 B2B meetings were organized.