France Energies Marines is launching a €13M investment in an ambitious research and innovation programme to help accelerate the development of the sector.
On 12 July, the Board of Directors of France Energies Marines approved the launch, in autumn 2023, of a programme of five new research projects bringing together an ecosystem of 45 private and public partners. Together, these projects represent an investment of €13 million, of which €9 million will be directly managed by the Institute. This investment has risen sharply, by 30% compared with 2022. It confirms the unwavering support of the members of France Energies Marines, the French government, and local and regional authorities for a pooled approach to research, innovation, and risk-sharing to support the development of the sector. The fact that the Institute is based as close as possible to the different coastlines, in other words to the specific features and challenges of each locality, means that local authorities can play a full part in this dynamic.
The topics associated with these five new projects are the result of programming work carried out with the industrial members of France Energies Marines. They are fully in line with the current challenges facing the offshore wind energy sector in France:
- The 2C NOW project targets the effects of climate change on wind resources and the design of offshore wind turbines. This is the Institute’s first project on the subject and will provide a solid basis for developing models adapted to the specific characteristics of offshore wind.
- The DRACCAR-NEMO project focuses on the detailed assessment of atmospheric turbulence using new measurement and modelling methods, capitalising on the results of the POWSEIDOM project (2021-2024) dedicated to the use of a profiling lidar to characterise turbulence in the Mediterranean. DRACCAR-NEMO also provides an opportunity for structuring collaboration with the internationally renowned German research institute Fraunhofer IWES.
- The BAMOS project will improve the design and monitoring of degradation phenomena in synthetic fibres for use in hydride mooring lines for future floating wind farms. The subject of innovative moorings has been studied by the Institute since 2017, giving it leading expertise in the field.
- The OPHARM2 project deals with the production of renewable hydrogen from offshore wind farms, and more specifically with integration into energy networks, the associated technological aspects, and the effects on the environment. It follows on from the development, as part of the OPHARM project (2021-2023), of decision-support tools to produce hydrogen from offshore wind farms.
- The DRACCAR-MMERMAID project will help to define future standards for real-time monitoring of marine megafauna in future wind farms far from the coast. Supported by the instrumentation of a met mast off Fécamp, this project will evaluate the coupling of a set of innovative sensors and develop tools based on artificial intelligence to process the large quantity of precious data acquired at sea.
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