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News Bulletin
11 December, 2018

Correction to November newsletter

Dear subscriber. Due to an error, the country information for FRANCE was wrong in the November newsletter. The correct update follows here:



Over the past few years, the national funding agency ADEME has launched tenders for demonstration projects in wave, tidal and floating offshore wind, as well as pilot farms for floating wind and tidal energy. The French government is also supporting continued research and development in marine renewable energies through the financing operated by the National Research Agency (ANR) of France Energies Marines collaborative projects and 10M€ of matching funds over three years (2015-2017).
The main tidal projects are thus:
  • Two tidal pilot farms located in the Raz Blanchard/Alderney Race (Engie/Alstom project NEPTHYD: 4 1.4MW turbines and DCNS/EDF project NORMANDIE HYDRO: 7 2MW turbines) benefitting from €103 million granted through the national funding programme “Investments for the Future”,
  • Sabella D10 (500 kW), installed in the Fromveur Strait close to Ouessant/Ushant Island offshore Brittany, was connected to the local grid and completed a 1-year sea trial campaign between June 2015 and July 2016,
  • EDF and DCNS/OpenHydro are deploying a set of two 1MW tidal turbines offshore Bréhat Island in Brittany, to be connected soon to the mainland grid.
Two wave energy projects are also expected to materialize soon in France:
  • The French company GEPS Techno develops a wave energy device for powering monitoring buoys and currently has a prototype of 100kW and 600 kWh storage ready for deployment.
  • DCNS, FORTUM and AW Energy are developing a 1.5MW pilot array in Brittany using the WAVEROLLER technology.
A wave and tidal resource map could provide higher definition in initial assessment studies along the western coast of France and is publicly available at:
Due to its large EEZ overseas and territories in tropical zones, France has a strong interest in OTEC (Ocean thermal energy conversion) technologies:
  • The 16 MW NEMO offshore floating platform in Martinique, with the French utility AKUO, is progressing. In 2014, €72million were awarded from the NER300 program and in the current year authorizations, site assessment, designing and risk assessment have been carried out,
  • Further, a 2MW OTEC project for a resort (300 p.) on the Maldives Islands for a combined production of electricity, fresh water and air conditioning has been announced.

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