Croatia could get 20% of its energy from the Adriatic
“According to our estimates, at least 20% of Croatian energy could be produced from the Adriatic,” Professor Neven Duić from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture Zagreb told the Blue Energy conference Days, which kicked off today in Split, Croatia.
The three-day meeting discusses the possibilities of using energy from the sea.
Professor Duić believes that Croatia should focus on offshore wind farms over the next ten years, as gas platforms will be closed.
“There are INA gas platforms in the northern Adriatic, but in 2025, gas exploitation will be completed there, then INA plans to set up offshore wind farms instead of these gas platforms. This is the best location because there is a shallow sea, so the current technology of offshore wind farms is ready for this location, ”Duić concluded.
He estimated that in the rest of the Adriatic the potential for using energy from the sea is great, but the construction of floating wind power plants, which can operate at depths of over 100 meters, will have to wait.
He explained that offshore wind farms are large in size and there is a need to move them away from the coast for tourism.
“We want an unspoiled Mediterranean coast for future generations of tourists,” said Duić.
He explained that blue energy, that is to say the use of energy from the sea, must be seen in the context of the European energy transition, for which, as he says, significant funds from European Union funds will be allocated over the next ten years.
Particular attention, he said, should be given to developing a “heat booster” that will use the heat of the sea to heat and cool the coastal towns of Dalmatia.
“We recently installed a new system in Dubrovnik in the Doge’s Palace which heats and cools this palace and several historic buildings nearby. Such a centralized system that uses heat from the sea is the optimal solution for Diocletian’s Palace in Split which has enormous tourist potential but is now quite damaged by air conditioners on the facades ”, Duić concluded.
The Alliance for the Deployment of Blue Energy (BLUE DEAL) is a European project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance, aimed at capitalizing on blue energy, involving 12 partners from six countries and nine different Mediterranean regions, stands out in the written material of this conference.
Professional literature indicates that there are three ways of harnessing the energy of the sea, and these are: the use of wave energy, the use of tidal energy and the use of temperature differences. in water.