A maximum of €120,000 in a funding scheme for innovative projects in the clean energy sector

Aimed at incorporating more systems that generate clean energy the Government is studying the possibility of wind turbines placed at sea. This was revealed to TVM by the Minister for Energy, Michael Farrugia, a short while after the launching of a funding scheme to help innovative projects in the energy sector. For this scheme to fund innovative projects a sum of half a million euro has been allocated.

During a media conference, the CEO of the Energy and Water Agency, Manuel Sapiano, explained that applicants may benefit up to a maximum of €120,000 for projects of this nature. The call for applications will open on Friday and remain open for six weeks.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Servives and the Digital Economy, Clayton Bartolo, related how this fund ties in with Government strategy for innovative research in every sector.

Minister Michael Farrugia said the Agency has already begun reaping the fruit of intensive research from a system development that indicates where water is being stolen. He told TVM that guidelines are being developed for wind turbines at sea.

He said this is aimed at the use of the sea around us. He said he knows that some while ago one spoke of wind farms on Is-Sikka l-Bajda. Since then, technology has continue to develop and today one speaks of floating wind farms. He said this development is fundamental to Malta’s work to attain environmental aims established by the EU.

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