MARIBE closing event in Cork in August 2016.



MARIBE panel discusses the potential for multi-use of space in Blue Growth

The MARIBE project finished on the 31st of August 2016. To coincide with the end of the project, a meeting was held in the MaREI Research Centre in University College Cork. During the course of the two-day event, MARIBE partners presented the findings of the project and industry stakeholders presented 9 innovative multi-use of space projects that were developed with assistance from the MARIBE consortium. A selection of these presentations are now available and can be accessed via the links in the agenda below. The event also hosted two lively discussion panels where MARIBE partners, industry representatives and external experts discussed the potential of multi-use of space in Blue Growth as well as the merits of the MARIBE process.


10:00-10:15 Coffee and registration
10:15-10:30 Welcome and overview of MARIBE project
Gordon Dalton [MARIBE project coordinator]
10.30-11.00 Key note address
Profs. Tony Lewis & Jerry Murphy
11:00-11:30 Coffee/tea break
11.30-13.00 The current state of Blue Growth
WP 4 – Maritime industries, sector lifecycles and Blue Growth
[Kate Johnson, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, UK]
WP 6 – Current state of investment in Blue Growth
[Sander van den Burg, Wageningen University, The Netherlands]
WP 7 – Blue Growth business models
[Roland Wijnen, Business Models Inc., The Netherlands]
13.00-14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.40 Multi-use of space and Blue Growth 
WP 8 – Identification of high potential combinations
[Gordon Dalton, UCC]
Socio-economic assessment of BG combinations
[Mike Blanch, BVG Associates , UK]
WP 5- Challenges facing multi-use of space in Blue Growth
[Pedro Diaz, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain]
Example of multi-use project: Wavedragon & SES presentation
[Wave Dragon, Seaweed Energy Solutions & BELLONA]
15.40-16.10 Coffee/Tea break
16.10-17.00 Panel discussion: multi-use of space and multi-use platforms


09:00-10:30 Multi-use of space and multi-use platform projects in Blue Growth: Industry stakeholder presentations
09.00-09.20 Oceans of Tomorrow review Overview of FP7 multi-use of space and multi-use platform projects
[Pedro  Diaz, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain]
09:20-09:35 Floating Power Plant [Floating Offshore Wind + Wave]
09.35-09.50 Grand Port Maritime de Guyane [Floating Shipping Terminal + Aquaculture]
09.50-10.05 Float Inc. [Floating shipping Terminal + Wave]
10.05-10.20 Albatern and Aquabiotech [Wave + Aquaculture]
10:20-11:00 Coffee/tea break
11.00-11.15 J J Campbell and CREDIT presentation [Wave + Floating Offshore Wind]
11.15-11.30 MERMAID [Aquaculture + Fixed Offshore Wind]
11.30-11.45 EcoWindWater[Floating Offshore Wind + Desalination]
11.45-13.00 MARIBE methodology overview followed by panel
discussion on the validity of the ‘business incubator’ approach

Thanks for your contribution to the MARIBE Advisory Sessions

A huge thank you to all the companies, panel members, speakers and the MARIBE consortium partners for making the Advisory Sessions held in Brussels on the 15th and 16th of June a successful event. We hope you have all enjoyed it and found the experience helpful in furthering opportunities of working together and exploring the Blue Growth possibilities.  A follow up event will be scheduled end of August and we hope to see a lot of you there. Watch this space for updates.

Thank you

Can Combining with Other Blue Sectors Further Reduce Offshore Wind’s LCOE?

Can Combining with Other Blue Sectors Further Reduce Offshore Wind’s LCOE? This was the question that Mike Blanch of BVG Associates addressed at Global Offshore Wind earlier this week.

MARIBE is analysing 23 potential commercial combination projects between Blue Growth or Blue Economy sectors including: Offshore wind energy (fixed and floating), wave energy, fixed shipping terminal, aquaculture, oil & gas, and desalination. Multi-use of space and multi-use platforms. Atlantic, Mediterranean, Baltic/North Sea, and Caribbean locations.

Mike’s presentation described the nine combinations with offshore wind and provided an analysis of whether these combinations really can reduce LCOE. Slides for the presentation are available here: MARIBE Global Offshore Wind Presentation

Advisory Session June 2016


MARIBE aims to unlock the potential of multi-use of space in the offshore economy. Having explored the opportunities that exist for cooperation between different Blue Growth and Blue Economy sectors, the consortium worked with companies from these marine sectors to develop 9 multi-use of space or multi-use platform projects. The consortium’s expertise was utilised to assist companies with their business and financial models. The project also hosted an advisory session event in June to further assist in the development of these project.


The Advisory Session provided a platform for the companies to present their projects in front of an external advisory panel. The panel contained representatives from: DNB Norway, European Aquaculture Society, Scottish Investment Bank, ORE Catapult, Ocean Energy, Federation of European Aquaculture Producers, DP Energy, QED Naval, 1-Tech, International Energy Agency, World Ocean Council, Black & Veatch, Ernst & Young, E-Cube, INNOSEA and The Crown Estate. The event offered companies an opportunity to have their business plans and financial models assessed by impartial experts across a range of fields relevant to Blue Growth and receive feedback and advice. Due to the confidential nature of the material discussed at the advisory session, attendance at this event was restricted and presentations are not available.

In parallel to the Advisory Session, a B2B event was also run. Companies had the opportunity to meet individually with panel experts and selected investors. Over 60 meetings took place over the 2-day event.

A networking dinner was hosted on the evening of the 15th of June. The event was opened by Ms Marie Donnelly, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency within DG Energy. Ms Gesine Meissner, MEP, also spoke at the event.

MARIBE Advisory Sessions | 15 & 16 June 2016 | Brussels, Belgium

The MARIBE project is investigating the best possible combinations of different #BlueGrowth and Blue Economy sectors. As part of this, MARIBE project partners have been working with companies from different marine sectors to develop multi-use of space or multi-use platform projects, assisting them with their business and financial models. The results of this work is being presented at a two-day advisory session. The Advisory Sessions will provide a platform for companies to present their #BlueGrowth projects in front of an advisory panel, receive expert feedback and spark the interest of potential investors and potential partners. Nine projects will be presented over the course of the two days.

Advisory Session panel members

MARIBE at European Maritime Day, Turku, Finland


We will be in Turku, Finland for the next couple of days at the European Maritime Day. Visit us at stand No. 17 in The Pier ‘lobby area’  in Turku, Finland.

MARIBE project coordinator Gordon Dalton will be one of the speakers in Wednesday’s workshop: READY FOR TAKE-OFF: GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES IN EUROPE’S OCEAN ENERGY SECTOR. This workshop aims to foster links between the ocean energy industry and the wider European maritime community.

Check out the full programme and follow @maribeproject and @EU_MARE  for more information. 


MARIBE partner at UK Marine Energy Conference | 5th July 2016 | Glasgow

Press release – UK Marine Energy Conference Launch

With the technology, infrastructure and energy mix demand developing, marine energy can be seen as a key frontier in clean energy generation. The UK Marine Energy Conference 2016 will focus on accelerating marine energy as a viable energy alternative and maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of this emerging market.

The UK Marine Energy Conference will be held on 5th July 2016, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. Through a combination of conference discussions and networking the event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss key debates and direct the industry towards a successful and sustainable future. See the full press release: UK Marine Energy Conference Launch Press Release.

MARIBE project coordinator Dr Gordon Dalton will be a moderator at two of the morning sessions:



For more details on the conference and other speakers and partners go to: