Optimal conditions for marine and offshore wind energies
Thanks to its strong ocean waves, currents, and winds, Bretagne is a region with a high potential for harnessing marine renewable energy. It also enjoys a strong skills base in the maritime industry, which is crucial for growing this emergent sector along with the new technology required.
Proof of these good conditions is the multitude of projects in development, testing or pilot phase around the Breton coast
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Focus on flagship projects
Off-grid island model
The island of Ouessant is a model of a 100% autonomous island using 100% renewable energy and includes the connection of a tidal turbine, a photovoltaic power plant and an electricity storage system. Smart grids regulate and manage consumption and production using an energy management system.
It is a genuine model of energy autonomy that is ready-to-market and can be replicated in other energy-isolated areas.
Tidal Turbine / Sabella D12
- Goal: develop a simple & robust marine turbine, with high reliability and low maintenance.
- Project developers: Sabella, AKUO Energy.
- Output power: 2 tidal turbines of 12m diameter generating 500 kW each.
- Technology employed: Bottom-fixed tidal current turbine designed by Sabella. 20/25 year operational lifespan.
TIDAL TURBINE TEST SITE IN PAIMPOL BRÉHAT
After EDF, in partnership with Naval Energie, achieved a world first by connecting its tidal turbine to the grid in 2008, today the site is making all its underwater installations available (submarine cable, connection station, submarine converter, etc.) and has the necessary permits to occupy the publicly-owned maritime domain.
CMN – HYDROQUEST TIDAL TURBINE
- Goal: Produce a turbine of 1 MW
- Project developers: CMN, Hydroquest (Partner : EDF)
- Size: vertical axys, 25 x 10 x 11 m
- Output power: 1 MW
- Weight: 1400 t
AUDIERNE WAVE TECHNOLOGIES
Possible teste site for wave technologies with right wave conditions
TIDAL TURBINE TEST SITE IN ETEL
To make the most of the strong currents, the shipbuilder Chantier Bretagne Sud enables companies such as Guinard Energies to immerse and connect tidal turbines and monitor the environment with Ifremer, impact studies with TBM and machine wear and tear.
IFREMER TEST SITE SAINT-ANNE-DU-PORTZIC (BREST)
As well as its tanks for testing wind turbines, IFREMER enables companies such as Eolink to test the most innovative floating wind turbine prototypes at 1/10th scale.
EOLINK PROJECT FLOATING WIND
- Goal: Produce a new floating wind turbine on tripod (scale 1/10)
- Project developers: Eolink with the support of IFREMER and Regional Council of Bretagne
- Technology: EOLINK design targets the biggest power/weight ratio in order to get the best-in-class LCOE. First time such ratio between swept area and floater’s size is tested.
- Output power: 12 MW (Scale 1).
FLOATING WIND TURBINE PILOT SITEAT GROIX BELLE-ILE
1st real-scale test for the 4 x 6 MW Eolfi wind turbines. Commissioning planned for 2021.
- Goal: set up a pilot farm with 4 turbines to deliver 24 MW.
- Project developers: Eolifi Offshore France, CGN Europe Energy, Naval Energies, GE, VINCI, VALEMO
- R&D Centres: IFREMER, ENSTA Bretagne, LBMS Brest.
- Technology employed: Free floating platform (FFP), floating offshore wind turbine deployed in deep waters on a semi-submersible platform attached to the seabed with catenary cables (ease of maintenance).
- Size & siting: Height of the multi-MW prototype: 175 m. Water depth: from 50 to 200 m.
- Output power: 24 MW.
- Overall cost: €200 m. This project enjoys support from the French investment expenditure programme.
TIDAL TURBINE TEST SITE / CHANTIER BRETAGNE SUD
- Goal: construct, install and qualify an industrial demonstrator.
- Project developers: Guinard Energies (partners: Bernard Bonnefond, ENSTA Bretagne, IFREMER, etc.).
- Technology employed: High-output ducted tidal turbine (doubles the power output), self-orients in the direction of the tidal stream; low weight-to-power output ratio and compactness making it efficient even in shallow waters (10 to 12 m depth), floating base that can be immersed and retrieved using ballast tanks (limiting operating costs).
- Size: height on the seabed, 8 m.
- Weight: 90 t (32 t without the base).
- Output power: 350 kW.
- Overall cost of the demonstration phase: €4.25 m (expected financing: 60% private funds and 40% public funds).