MAP-MEP: the interactive energy map of the North Sea

What is the energy potential of the North Sea? Where can I find a good overview of energy resources?

MAP-MEP is the interactive energy map of the North Sea. That offers easy insight into the energy potential of the region. We offer you a clear view of both fossil fuels and renewable energy. Do you want an overview of wind, wave, or tidal energy? Or are you interested in fossil fuels? Our interactive energy map offers up-to-date information on all the latest energy developments in the North Sea.

Rich marine energy potentials form the basis for energy partnerships in the North Sea Region. However information about these potentials can be fragmented, both in space and by sector. If you are interested in the energy potential of the North Sea and looking for a good overview of the energy resources of the area, MAP-MEP can help you make informed decisions on new energy projects in the North Sea.

Link and analyse data
That is why we built a shared knowledge space on energy potentials in the North Sea Region. MAP-MEP offers a web-based information and communication platform. We make it easy for you to access and link geographical and thematic data on energy potentials in the North Sea Region.

Evaluate and compare
MAP-MEP helps you compare the technical, economic, and environmental performance of energy system options across the North Sea Region.

What is the goal of MAP-MEP?

The key aim of MAP-MEP is to document, access, visualise and communicate the energy potentials in the North Sea in order to enable sustainable use of the resources in this region. MAP-MEP offers a transnational, open-access information and communication platform on cross-sectoral energy potentials.

MAP-MEP aims to:

  • provide an integrated interface for energy data,
  • capture the complexities of future energy systems surrounding the North Sea,
  • facilitate decision making and
  • increase general public awareness.

Our ultimate ambition is to promote new sustainable energy partnerships to set up consortia more easily in the North-Sea Region through the use of the MAP-MEP online platform.

Who is MAP-MEP for?

The key aim of MAP-MEP is to access, visualise and communicate the energy potentials of the North Sea marine landscapes to make sustainable use of the energy resources. Our goal is to help stakeholders from countries surrounding the North Sea make solid decisions and help to clarify their ideas to a broader public. Our stakeholders include decision makers, the general public and organisations from Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Anybody working with marine resources, energy and climate change will find our MAP-MEP application useful as it offers a direct overview of up to date information about the energy potential of the North Sea. Provided with this information, ultimately, energy partnerships in the North Sea Region will be able to set up their consortia ambitions and work packages more efficiently and realistically under the framework of the coming INTERREG VB NSR programme.

Besides this we also want to help reach the broad public. By offering information in an easy to understand format we can help create awareness for energy solutions in this area.

The benefits of MAP-MEP:

  • Easily access and link geographical and thematic data on energy potentials
  • Easily switch between fossil fuels and renewable energy or compare them side by side
  • Up to date data on onshore wind, offshore wind, wave energy, tidal energy, and fossil fuels like oil and gas

The people behind MAP-MEP

MAP-MEP pools competence of three experienced partners into a strong consortium. This consortium reflects a business-science-policy alliance and represents different sectors in a complementary approach.

The partners behind MAP-MEP:

1. Centre for Environment and Sustainable Research, University of Oldenburg, Germany

The research centre COAST unites activities in the field of sustainability sciences, linking natural and social sciences, economics, computing sciences and renewable energies focusing on the connection between societies and the environment in coastal areas.

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2. Marine Scotland Science

Marine Scotland (MS) is a Directorate of the Scottish Government and is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland’s seas. Marine Scotland’s purpose is to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with our delivery partners, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

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3. Energy Valley

Energy Valley is a public private cooperation with a focus on stimulating Dutch Northern regional economic activity on the topic of energy. Its mission is to encourage, incite, facilitate and connect companies, knowledge institutes and government bodies to develop projects together and make real progress in clean, reliable and innovative energy.

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Together these partners cooperate on data compilation, thematic mapping / web-GIS, weblog and mobile apps.

Supported by Interreg funding