Marine renewable energy

The figures talk for themselves

100 firms and 773 jobs

covering the whole MRE value chain

1st French operational offshore wind farm in Atlantic France by 2022

2 out of the 7 French fixed offshore wind farms in Atlantic France

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Great business opportunities in marine renewables

Great because you will join a pioneering region for renewable energy in the marine environment

Atlantic France will be home to the first operational offshore wind farm in France. The Saint Nazaire wind farm is currently under construction and will be in service by 2022. 2 out of the 7 French fixed offshore wind farms will be installed in our region which also hosts the IDEOL first French floating wind turbine.

With the second-largest wind potential in Europe, France is committed to raising installed capacity to between 4,7 and 5,2 GW by 2028 (fixed and floating offshore wind). Atlantic France is the flagship of the French marine renewables industry: come on board!

Great because you will be close to key MRE players and take advantage of a dedicated business cluster

Set up your business alongside major companies of the marine renewables sector: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, GE Renewable Energy, Naval Energies, Rollix Desfontaines, Geps Techno, FMGC, Innosea Loc Group, D-ICE Engineering

The Neopolia business cluster will offer you numerous opportunities for partnering with our offshore wind players – over 100 businesses across the value chain – and to enter the French renewables market.

Great because your marine renewable energy operations will rely on strong assets

Lean on long-standing expertise in marine engineering. Atlantic France counts on many design companies and qualitative test facilities, among which the only French offshore multi-technology test-site, SEM-REV, hosts the floating wind turbine demonstrator Floatgen.

Here you will find the right partners to support your research and innovation activities: the West Atlantic Marine Energy Community (WEAMEC) bringing together the regional research, innovation and training stakeholders, Centrale Nantes engineering school, offshore renewable-related collaborative technology platforms, etc.  You will also meet partner businesses to team up with for European Horizon 2020 projects!

Great because your talent pool is here

Ease your recruitment process thanks to an extensive training portfolio for marine renewables, ranging from operator to engineer level.

Approximately 250 students graduate every year from various higher education courses. Centrale Nantes and Université de Nantes have developed over 20 continuous training modules on Marine Renewable Energy.

Great because you will get access to the largest European port on the Atlantic seaboard

Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port has been adapted to handle the heavy-duty components associated with marine renewable developments.

It offers your business a logistics hub for the pre-assembly of wind turbines and, together with its 3 additional ports (Noirmoutier, Yeu, La Turballe,) they will act as maintenance bases for offshore wind farms.

IS YOUR PROJECT DIFFERENT? LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT YOUR BUSINESS POTENTIAL.

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Leading names

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Powerful networking and the right connections

Innovation clusters

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Cluster dedicated to marine activities with 6 strategics areas.

www.pole-mer-bretagne-atlantique.com

EMC2

The French industrial cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies

www.pole-emc2.fr

S2E2

The innovation cluster for managing electric and thermal energies.

www.s2e2.fr

WEAMEC

research, training, innovation for marine energy.

www.weamec.fr

Business clusters

Neopolia EMR

bringing together over 100 businesses operating in the sector.

www.neopolia.com

PASCA

logistics and supply chain cluster

Innovation platforms

IRT Jules Verne

Mutualised research institute dedicated to the industry of the future, seeking to boost competitiveness in strategic industries by disruptive fabrication technologies

irt-jules-verne.fr

Technocampus Ocean

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to marine structures and metallic materials

http://technocampus.fr/

Technocampus Composites

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to composite manufacturing

www.technocampus.fr

Technocampus Smart Factory

Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to industrial uses of virtual reality

www.technocampus-smart-factory.fr

CEA Tech

Technology transfer platform, speeding innovation for industry and developing programs on AI and robotics/cobotics.

cea-tech.fr

Academic resources and dedicated facilities

Academic resources

  • Centrale Nantes: Ranked in the top 5 engineering schools in France. Known for its Ph.D. research studies in Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing.  Other Ph.D. research studies in Computer Science and Automation, & Robotics.
  • Nantes University: a key player in the development of marine renewable energy in France with its 12 laboratories, 16 diploma courses and 120 researchers involved.

Dedicated facilities

  • IFSTTAR: The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks with a unique geotechnical centrifuge and cable fatigue test bench
  • Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port: 30 ha of logistical and industrial area with heavy quay and a 15 ha logistics hub for the pre-assembly of offshore wind turbines
  • Le Carnet: onshore test site dedicated to wind Energy
  • SEM-REV: First European site for multi-technology offshore testing that is connected to the grid
  • Hull and wave tanks at Centrale Nantes engineering school
  • The climatic wind tunnel at the CSTB site in Nantes

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