Europe Leading Blue Energy
ELBE

Marcos Suarez
Project Manager

Overview

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Summary and objectives

ELBE aims to contribute positioning Europe as the world technological and industrial leader in Blue Energy. Following this rationale, the consortium will start with a selected group of key regions (Strand 1) that will constitute the embryo of the development a true pan-European Blue Energy cluster platform with a clear internationalisation focus (future Strand 2).

Specific objectives are:

New Value Chain

  • To understand and identify the new value chain created under the Blue Energy paradigm, which will comprise companies from several traditional sectors such as energy, shipbuilding, sea logistics or environmental.
  • To consolidate a true trans-regional New Value Chain comprising the companies and other agents that are currently within each of the partners’ local value chains.
  • To position SMEs into trans-European consortiums to compete and take a leading position globally in the Blue Energy sector.

Internationalisation Strategy

  • To identify global trends, selecting target countries more open to the development of an early market and, therefore, internationalisation taking into account criteria such as high cost of energy, high resource availability, market size or support framework.
  • To analyse in depth these target markets, understanding their competitive dynamics and identifying key stakeholders which with to establish contact during the project.
  • To define an internationalisation roadmap that defines specific actions for each target market, to be developed and implemented by the consortium, and a monitoring scoreboard with verifiable indicators.

Cluster & SME Collaboration

  • To foster clusters & SMEs mutual knowledge, high-level trans-regional cooperation and partnership building among key leading Blue Energy regions in Europe, promoting matchmaking activities that could lead to open innovation spaces.
  • To help SMEs identify business and internationalisation opportunities in the Blue Energy sector by highlighting some of the key technology challenges in terms of affordability, performance, standardisation, reliability, survivability, installability, environmental impact, health and safety, predictability and operability.

To strengthen the new ESCP-4i by defining a common identity and developing joint promotional activities, starting to identify new potential strategic partners across Europe to further strengthen the consortium, conducting compatibility and readiness checks in terms of strategy and profile.

Results expected

  • Creation of a true EU cross-border and cross-sectoral new value chain. Identification and prioritisation of business opportunities for SMEs in the emerging Blue Energy market.
  • An internationalisation strategy with joint high-impact actions and related indicators. Fostering of European SMEs internationalisation.
  • An alliance with a clear focus and ready for internationalisation. A governance model that assigns explicit responsibilities and tasks in order to guarantee its consolidation and success. Identification of at least two additional partners that would be part of an effort to develop a more pan-European consortium under a Strand 2 project.

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Cross-sectoral industries
Blue Growth Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems

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Latest news and documents

News Achievements Published: 29.05.2019
Third and final networking workshop celebrated in Gothenburg, Sweden
News Published: 14.05.2019
MoU signed between EIC and the Basque Energy Cluster
News Achievements Published: 14.05.2019
Second workshop of ELBE project was celebrated in Belgium
News Achievements Published: 19.11.2018
More than 70 organisations from Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and the Basque Country participated in the first ELBE project event last month