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
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.
To go further
Powerful networking and the right connections
Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique
Cluster dedicated to marine activities with 6 strategics areas.
The French industrial cluster for advanced manufacturing technologies
The innovation cluster for managing electric and thermal energies.
research, training, innovation for marine energy.
bringing together over 100 businesses operating in the sector.
logistics and supply chain cluster
IRT Jules Verne
Mutualised research institute dedicated to the industry of the future, seeking to boost competitiveness in strategic industries by disruptive fabrication technologies
Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to marine structures and metallic materials
Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to composite manufacturing
Technocampus Smart Factory
Mutualized technological research platform dedicated to industrial uses of virtual reality
Technology transfer platform, speeding innovation for industry and developing programs on AI and robotics/cobotics.
Academic resources and dedicated facilities
- Centrale Nantes: Ranked in the top 5 best engineering schools in France. Known for its Ph.D. research studies on Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing. Other Ph.D. research studies on 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.
- 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