A global actor in marine renewable energy, DCNS is a partner of the Ocean Energy Europe conference, the European forum for the sector, which will take place on 1 and 2 October 2014 in Paris in the presence of the main energy decision-takers and industrialists. DCNS will present its expertise in marine energy, a sector in which the Group has been investing since 2008 resulting in several successes, in particular in the tidal energy through its subsidiary OpenHydro- and ocean thermal energy fields.
The emerging market of MRE has been marked in recent months by increasing activity in the public and private sectors. Thanks to the mobilization of governments, energy companies and industrial leaders, demonstrator projects and pilot farms have been set up. These projects will precede the development of future commercial farms. A world player in marine renewable energies, DCNS is involved in some of these projects which are the natural result of the work carried out by the Group since 2008.
• In tidal energy, OpenHydro, a DCNS company, has developed an innovative turbine and has already established commercial partnerships with several clients across the world. In France, on the pilot site of Paimpol-Bréhat (Brittany), DCNS and OpenHydro will install in 2015 two 16-metres tidal turbines on behalf of EDF. These turbines will be connected to the power grid. In Canada, OpenHydro is working in partnership with energy company EMERA to develop a 4-MW tidal energy demonstration project to be in place in 2015. With these two pilot farms, composed of pre-series generators connected to the network, OpenHydro and its partners will validate all the technical characteristics of a turnkey system and confirm the economic viability of the technology, throughout the life cycle, from installation to maintenance.
• In Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, DCNS and its partner Akuo Energy were this year named recipient of the NER 300 European fund by the European Commission for the implementation of a floating ocean thermal energy conversion plant in Martinique which will be operational in 2018 and will supply electricity to 35,000 homes. This project is complementary of the work done by DCNS in Reunion on the onshore ocean thermal energy prototype the Group installed in 2012 in partnership with the Reunion Island Region and Reunion Island University. As both a research & development tool and a training tool, this prototype is used, in particular, to continuously improve the efficiency of the energy system and optimize technology costs.
DCNS will be participate in different sessions during the Ocean Energy Europe conference
• 11.35 am: James Ives, OpenHydro Chief Executive, will present his strategy in tidal energy, focusing on cost reduction, reliability and yield.
• 14.45 pm: Emmanuel Brochard, DCNS OTEC Director, will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by a developing technology with a promising export market.
• 15.30 pm: Thierry Kalanquin, DCNS Senior Vice President Energies and Marine Infrastructures, will participate in the Ministerial and CEO Session: “Where Politics Meets Industry”.
• 9.30 am: Thierry Kalanquin will participate in the roundtable “Funding an Emerging Industry”.
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