Seanergy showcases French renewables opportunities

French and international actors were able to present their know-how and their technological innovations
French and international actors were able to present their know-how and their technological innovations
There were 200 exhibitors at Seanergy 2019
There were 200 exhibitors at Seanergy 2019

The French coastal city of Dunkirk recently hosted Seanergy, the international forum dedicated to Marine Renewable Energies and Offshore Wind.

With 2,500 participants and more than 30 nationalities represented, 200 exhibitors, 30 speakers, more than 500 business meetings and two immersive tours of industrial sites, the 2019 edition, under the High Patronage of French President Emmanuel Macron, has once again brought together the MRE world.

Marc Lafosse, Oceanographer, CEO of Bluesign, Organizer of Seanergy said: “With the roadmap that France has just set for itself in its energy strategy, and the adoption in the coming days of an ambitious French energy program – PPE – Marine Renewable Energies represent a reality and a concrete opportunity for the French industry and the energy mix of our territory. The entire industry is on its way to create 15,000 long-term jobs in French coastal regions. The sector now has real prospects for progress in France and it is today a true catalyst for a wider dynamic, already very committed on the international level.”

On this occasion, French and international actors (start-ups, industrial SMEs, large energy and maritime groups, universities, research centres, NGOs and public institutions) were able to present their know-how and their technological innovations as well as concrete feedback on the projects already deployed in France and worldwide.

Seanergy has been the scene of a strong mobilization of all actors, French and international ; mobilization that is now bearing fruit in terms of development prospects, legitimized by several recent key announcements in France:

  • The statement made by the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, on June 12th, on the increase rate of call for tenders for floating and fixed offshore wind, confirming the objective of 1GW per year in the French energy program (PPE)
  • The validation and launch of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm project by the French Conseil d'Etat
  • The announcement, on June 14th, of the winning consortium for the Dunkirk offshore wind farm whose very competitive price is under 50€ MWh (EDF Renewables/Innogy/Enbridge)

With the award of the offshore wind farm off Dunkirk, at such a competitive price, the French offshore wind sector has taken a new step by placing France at the heart of the European renewable energy market, as a competitive and indispensable player in offshore wind energy.

The development of all other marine technologies (tidal, wave, ocean thermal energy, etc.) is continuing, driven by offshore wind, and confirming their decrease in costs: cited by Seanergy as a 40% reduction in the costs of tidal energy during the last five years in Europe. These indicators apply to various technologies in R&D process, in order to build a sustainable industry drawing its resources from its cross-section between the sea and energy.

The event also showcased energy storage with the presence of leading energy specialists, network solution developers and assembly units. Seanergy has echoed the major French territorial structuring projects for this sector, which are naturally and gradually turning towards MRE.

The event organiser Bluesign will continue its work of accompanying the MRE players worldwide towards their growth, with the 5th edition of Seanergy, which will take place in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire (France) from June 10th to 12th 2020. Once again, the objectives will be to gather international actors (industrial and institutional), to federate ecosystems, to support the development of this sector, and to encourage new projects of energy transition and blue growth.

By Jake Frith

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