On April 4, 2017, Manche’s prefecture (Normandy, France) has officially authorized the construction of the first pilot tidal farm in France. DCNS Energies and EDF EN will be responsible for the project, located within the Alderney Race (raz Blanchard), off the coast of Cherbourg, in northwest of France.
During the event Seanergy 2017 held in Normandy, France, during which Open Ocean successfully presented Metocean Analytics solution, Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, requested that prefects of Britanny and Normandy, regions in the west of france, identify areas qualified to develop Tidal projects with a capacity between 50 and 100 MW.
Photo by: Yann Madec
Monday, March 06th, 2017, Zeus storm - named after the paramount god in Greek mythology - has landed on the west coast of France with wind gusts up to 193km/h, leaving two dead and 190.000 homes with no electricity.
A joint-call for transnational research and demonstration projects in ocean energy technologies will be launched on March 20th 2017 by Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund, under European Union’s Horizon 2020. A budget of 18 million euros will be available for winning projects.
Based on Ocean Numerical simulation it is possible to estimate the highest wave over 1000 years period. At the human scale, it seems to be inthinkable, but today most of offshore project constructors study carefully the environement’s extreme values of their offshore project.