France hungry to be a tidal energy powerhouse

Rémi Gruet: “The stage is set for France to become the powerhouse of a global tidal energy industry Rémi Gruet: “The stage is set for France to become the powerhouse of a global tidal energy industry"

France says that a new tender for tidal energy will see the country become a global centre of tidal energy manufacturing.

Speaking at the Colloque Annuel of Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables (SER), Sébastien Lecornu, France’s Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, announced the launch of preliminary studies of tidal zones in Brittany and Normandy in 2018.

“The stage is set for France to become the powerhouse of a global tidal energy industry. It has one of the most powerful tidal resources in the world; it has world-leading tidal technology, and it has an existing offshore supply-chain ready for action,” said Rémi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe.

Strong potential

Mr Gruet said that this tender for tidal energy will see the first manufacturing plants come to France, creating a strong domestic industry, with significant export opportunities globally.

“The French Government has clearly recognised this opportunity and it will be up to the sector to demonstrate the readiness of the technology and the progress achieved in the first pilot farms.”

“We look forward to discussing the design of the tender, to ensure fast deployment and best use of public finances,” he said.

Ocean Energy Europe ( is a global network of ocean energy professionals which represents the interests of Europe's ocean energy sector. It has over 120 member organisations, including Europe’s leading utilities, industrialists and research institutes.

It also works to improve access to funding and enhance business opportunities for its members. To achieve this, it engages with the European Commission, Council, Parliament, European Investment Bank, and national ministries on all dossiers affecting the sector, such energy, climate, finance, grid and consenting.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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