The Blue Economy Cluster Builder is a 3 year programme to communicate and raise awareness of the benefits of the Blue Economy in Scottish SMEs and enable them to take advantage of new opportunities.

It will increase the number of Scottish companies operating in the Blue Economy and support the growth of the Blue Economy in Scotland. It will provide an inclusive and free of charge service to ensure that Scotland’s SMEs gain the optimum share of market growth and compete with international Blue Economies.

The Blue Economy Cluster Builder is part-funded by the 2014 -2020 European Structural and Investment Fund

The programme is led by a project team of Aquatera Ltd, Caelulum Ltd and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

Aquatera have been in involved in the Blue Economy in Scotland and internationally since its inception in 2000. The company is headquartered in Orkney and has delivered projects in over thirty countries from Kazakhstan to Japan. Having completed the Blue Economy study for Scottish Enterprise with Caelulum in 2019, we have increased our knowledge in the importance of the Blue Economy in Scotland. The company has been active in international development in particular within the last five years and has built markets for renewable energy within Chile, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Peru, and Columbia. This has involved us opening up these markets and introducing new service areas and novel technology solutions within these markets.

We have a global reputation for effective collaboration with most of the projects being delivered with local partners as well as a number of other supply chain companies. This work has built an extensive delivery partner network within these countries as well as within Scottish companies. The company has a strong environmental background and ethos and are committed to ensuring the sensitivities within the environment and culture in each market are respected.

The Net Zero Technology Centre was established in October 2016 with £180 million funding as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal. We provide an industry-led, focused and flexible approach to deliver, accelerate, stimulate and inspire innovation between industry, academia and government to help maximise economic recovery from the UK sector of the North Sea. To date we have co-invested over £130M with industry in technology development projects, with an active portfolio of over 200 projects and have had over 20,000 visitors to the centre. Our Solution Centres identify and co-fund projects to develop and deploy new technology in the UK North Sea. We are focused on delivering innovation in seven key areas: supporting technologies which deliver a net zero energy basin, energy integration within marginal developments, subsurface, asset integrity, well construction, decommissioning and digital.The OGTC have recently launched of the Net Zero Solution Centre (NZSC) showing a firm commitment to leading the oil & gas industry to achieve net zero by 2050. The NZSC has a roadmap identifying all key technology areas we believe are required to achieve net zero within the oil & gas industry. Hydrogen and the benefits of re-using the existing infrastructure is a key focus area of the roadmap.

Caelulum Ltd is the vehicle of Max Carcas, with many years of experience working within the Blue Economy of Scotland. Max demonstrates his expertise in commercialising new innovative products, market analysis, strategic development, project development and financing. He provides strategic, management, and advisory services primarily in offshore renewables (wind, wave and tidal) but also in the wider field of sustainable energy. He has a strong understanding of energy policy and economic analysis. He is currently a director and chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Ocean Energy Group, seeking to represent the interests of the marine renewables sector in the UK. He has also been the European Union Ocean Energy Association’s nominated co-ordinator for the development of the European Commission’s Strategic Energy Technology Integrated Roadmap, which is intended to be the key document for decision making for European Policy for the period to 2020 and beyond. In his previous role Max was Business Development Director at Pelamis Wave Power (PWP) and responsible for PWP’s commercial development and pipeline of sales and projects for the ten years to 2011. Max supported Aquatera in the Blue Economy analysis completed in 2019 for Scottish Enterprise