The meeting in Tirana, a crucial passage for Project Powered.

The partners of the European project Powered (Project of Offshore Wind Energy: Research, Experimentation, Development), gathered on January 28th and 29th in Tirana: the meeting has been opened by the report of the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy which explained how Albania is one of the few European countries that produces electricity entirely from renewable sources (particularly hydropower) and has a strategy of further development of clean energy, to integrate a wide area that includes Italy, Bulgaria and Greece.
The meeting produced important and positive novelties.
First of all, in the beginning of February will be issued the public call for tender to assign the installation of EIGHT anemometer coastal towers and the measurement equipment on A tower that already exists: it will be published by the Gazzetta ufficiale italiana and by the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ).
This is the second step of Project Powered, co-financed by the Project IPA CBC Adriatic. The project aims are:
1. To evaluate wind resources of the Adriatic Sea, using numerical meteorologic reconstructions that at least have THREE years of term (2009-2011);
2. To implement a network of wind measuring stations whose characteristics match to the determination of the manufacturability of electricity from wind power. The network will remain active until 2019;
3. To activate a system of short term weather forecasting (24-48 hours) that aids to evaluate potential energy output from offshore wind farms in the Adriatic Sea. The system will remain active until 2019;
4. To define the type of marine areas in which it will be forbidden to install offshore wind farms;
5. To identify every issue associated with the development of offshore wind in the Adriatic Sea;
6. To write the Guidelines for proper insertion of offshore wind farms and define paperwork requested to obtain authorizations for the construction.
Therefore, the partners of Project Powered gathered in Tirana decided to plan two events. The first will be organized by the Marche Region and the University Politecnica delle Marche and will be held in Ancona on May 29th and 30th 2013. On May 29th is scheduled the scientific conference on the issues regarding infrastructures, transports, technologies, environment and landscape connected with the installation and management of offshore wind farms in Italy, in the Adriatic area and worldwide. International experts will be invited: the starting point of the debate will be the Project Powered. On May 30th the partners will meet to discuss the project state of art and the starting of the final stage of the project.
The partners also decided to plan an event in Ravenna, on June 27th and 28th 2013: the topics will be the potentiality of wind energy along the coasts and the development of green ports in the Adriatic sea; besides they will participate to some selected events regarding the energy sector that will be organized in Europe in the end of 2013.
At the meeting in Tirana has been also illustrated the results of the wind map and has been introduced an important issue related to them: the chance to certify data.  This way those who are interested to invest in the off shore field – companies, institutions, bank, but also those who have to provide for authorization – may get a document that is absolutely reliable and recognized as such by banks and international investment funds. The proposal came from the Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, which is one of the most influential partner of the project.

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Lead partner Abruzzo Region Directorate for Bureau Affairs, Legislative and EC Policies, External Affairs Department for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Sector, Ministry of Economy of Montenegro Veneto Agricoltura, regional agency for agriculture, forestry and agri-food sectors

Province of Ravenna
Marche Region Environment and Landscape Department

Molise Region Programming Department
Apulia Region Mediterranean Department

Marche Polytechnic University
CETMA Consortium Engineering, Design and Materials Center Micoperi marine contractors srl

Italian Ministry for Environment and Land and Sea
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy, Republic of Albania

Municipality of Komiza
European Union Adriatic IPA