04 May GALATEA Project
The GALATEA project was born as a continuation of the NEPTUNE project, maintaining the same goal of strengthening and promoting innovation and cross-sectoral cooperation in the value chain of the blue economy, ie all economic activities related to the sea. This project is funded by the H2020 program, within the framework of the INNOSUP initiative, and has a total budget of more than € 3.6 million.
GALATEA has been designed to respond to the economic priorities set by the European Union, which has determined the sophistication of the blue economy as a robust, long-term strategy to support and ensure the sustainable growth of the maritime sector. In contrast to the NEPTUNE precursor project approach, GALATEA will focus its actions on implementing intelligent control systems in four much more specific areas of the blue economy, such as ships, ports, shipyards and maritime surveillance. . During its implementation, the project will also follow three axes of work that correspond to the priorities defined by the European Union such as the digital transition, the ecological transition and the implementation of the circular economy model.
In order to achieve these objectives, GALATEA will encourage cooperation between different countries and the transfer of knowledge and joint activities between various economic areas with great potential to establish synergies: the ICT sector, the Maritime sector and the Aerospace sector. Thus, the project consortium consists of a total of 8 clusters from France, Greece, Spain, Romania and Poland, led by Toulon Var Technologies and with the participation of the CWP itself and the Eurecat research center. During the execution of the project, the participating clusters will establish, on the one hand, the contact with various stakeholders and relevant agents related to the blue economy in each of their countries.
On the other hand, and once the challenges and needs of these sectors have been identified, the clusters will maintain continuous contact with SMEs capable of providing innovative solutions to respond to these problems. The project has financial support to third parties in order to provide financial support to the initiatives from the different SMEs involved. Some of the fields that have been estimated to be capable of incorporating improvements are, among others, the implementation of artificial intelligence, the improvement of sensors, the incorporation of drones, water treatment, virtual reality / increased or real-time data capture.
The GALATEA project is expected to have important impacts on various economic aspects related to the blue economy sector, such as strengthening the role of SMEs in the sector, stimulating the creation of new value chains that make the European industrial fabric more competitive. , the creation of new specialized jobs, the strengthening of the role of clusters as levers for the transfer of knowledge and the promotion of innovation and finally the increase of sustainability and the decrease of the ecological impact of a sector as important and with as many growth expectations in the coming years as the blue economy in Europe.