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The transnational challenge of the project is the cohesion and blending of the results arising from modular projects by creating a common network among all the established partnership resulting in a community in which activities and results will be shared. This objective will be achieved by creating links among different consortia that could share results of activity afferent the same fields of competence, thus widening the targets achieved by individual projects through the complementarity of skills and the sharing of the results.
The main outputs of the project will be the creation of a MED community and of synergies among the projects, the analysis and management of the community project results, the dissemination and capitalization of the outcomes. The approach of the project foresees a common and easy to use communication supports realisation, the participation to thematic events and the enlargement of existing thematic networks dedicated to renewable energy in islands and rural areas.
These activities will also involve actors other than the modular projects partners in order to create the conditions and links allowing to exploit and use the different projects results at larger scale. The expected change will be the boosting of the impact that each project can achieve thanks to the immediate multiplication of the targets reached and the growth of the expertise gained by comparing the results obtained with different approaches.
The med area situation
The Mediterranean area is formed by the set of lands around the Mediterranean Sea and characterized by the Mediterranean climate.The Mediterranean basin, that covers portions of three continents: Europa, Asia and Africa, is formed by a large number of islands, approximately 189, with more than 10 million people.The Mediterranean islands, even if separated by great distances, present a series of unique and shared difficulties, needs and problems in term of energy production, distributions and utilization, compared to the mainland.
Some of the principal islands energy issues are their major reliance on imported fossil fuels, the small-scale generation of electricity, the high distribution and infrastructure costs due to reasons of scale and of isolation, and the underusage of renewable energy resources in comparison with the potentials.In fact, most of the small islands are mainly fueled by expensive and pollutant imported fossil oils, particularly for transport and electricity
In addition to this, oil price in islands is generally higher than in the mainland, and this make islands economy vulnerable to oil price fluctuation.These conditions, together with their potential exposure to natural catastrophes, turn Mediterranean islands into particularly case to be studied, especially when they are relevant tourism destination.