The FLORES project participated on September 20, 21 and 22 in the 13th Enermar 2023 Technical Conference, organized by the Association and the Official College of Naval and Ocean Engineers of Spain (AINE and COIN) through the Marine Renewable Energies Working Group. The conference was attended by more than a hundred participants and was held in Bilbao (Euskadi) under the title « The sea and renewable energies. The contributions of Naval and Oceanic Engineering ».
Our partners from the Universidade da Coruña actively participated in this meeting, of which FLORES was a sponsor. In addition, we presented the project to the attendees as part of the congress program, where we were able to explain its objectives and methodology.
Validating our guidelines
During the event, we took advantage of the relevance of this reference meeting on offshore and renewable energies to validate our Guidelines to promote innovative approaches in Life-Long Learning. To this end, we temporarily opened a draft of the guidelines so that Offshore Renewable Energies experts could make their contributions to the document, making it more useful and realistic for its application throughout Europe.
For this purpose we conducted a validation survey that was answered by 38 attendees from 25 different organizations with favorable results.
During the congress, several experts highlighted important messages about the importance of skills in the marine and energy sector.
José Luis Grijalvo, territorial president of AINE in the Basque Country, pointed out the shortage of engineers in this field. Also, at the closing of the conference, several congress participants expressed their concern about the lack of trained professionals in the field of marine renewables, and the importance of projects such as FLORES to address the problem.
« It is crucial not only the training but also the motivation of the youngest when choosing fields such as marine renewables and naval engineering.Vicente Díaz, Dr. naval and oceanic engineer and director of the EPEF (Escola Politécnica de Enxeñería de Ferrol)
In that sense, the FLORES project is working hard to create a complete series of didactic and informative materials oriented to the youngest, their parents and their trainers.