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REMCap project overview

REMCap is a 'Regions of Knowledge' FP7 project to create economic and employment benefits for Europe.

Global maritime market growth, driven by rising demand for marine/offshore renewable energy, fish products and emerging potential for 'blue biotech' products, creates a high demand for efficient use and management of the ocean resource. REMCap brings together six European marine 'regional research driven clusters' to increase innovation capacity in maritime resource efficiency to underpin successful exploitation of these growth opportunities.

The European project that will focus on innovation capacity for a resource efficient maritime Europe, targeting the whole-life efficiency of the marine extractive industries (fisheries & aquaculture, seabed aggregates and renewable energy).

A particular emphasis is on advancing Europe's capabilities in marine operational efficiency, since this has a major impact on whole-life resource efficiency, and also offers large potential for diversification into different markets.

The following marine extractive end-user markets will be targeted:
* Fisheries - reduced fuel consumption of vessels/gear and feedstock efficiency for aquaculture
* Marine renewable energy - improved resource mapping/capture and energy efficiency of installation and operation
* Aggregates - improved energy efficiency of extraction and expanded re-use of dredge spoil

In addition, these activities draw on supply chain capabilities supporting multiple end-user markets. Two critical supply chain capabilities are:
* Vessels & ships - ship design and energy efficiency, renewable fuels and improved competitiveness, also with wider application to 'green shipping'
* Surveillance & environmental security - improved effectiveness of maritime monitoring and decision support services in support of marine extractive operations

The global maritime market is on a strong growth trajectory, and this project aims to harness that growth opportunity to create economic and employment benefits for Europe. On the one hand, growth is driven by commercial megatrends such as demand for marine/offshore renewable energy, fish products and emerging potential for 'blue biotech' products; on the other hand, there is high demand for efficient use and management of the ocean resource, as described in the EU Integrated Maritime Strategy.

Increasing Europe's innovation capacity in maritime resource efficiency will underpin successful exploitation of these growth opportunities.

Partners from Sweden, France, Portugal, Ireland and Lithuania will join with Marine South East in working on this project.

For more information please visit

http://www.remcap.eu or email Simon Powell at Marine South East on sp@mseuk.org



Posted 2013-04-18 10:43:47

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