A cross-cutting and complementary approach to R&D for greater efficiency
With its 46 employees, France Energies Marines has the largest dedicated ORE R&D team in France. This team tackles the locks of the ORE industry by relying on the network of experts from the national academic sector. The research carried out by the team is collaborative and focuses on issues shared by the players of the sector. The team has key skills in several complementary disciplines and can thus support the industry on a range of themes that are interdependent in concrete cases. This clearly illustrates the value of R&D carried out with a cross-cutting approach, particularly concerning technologies.
The profiles of the team members are distributed among the science and technology programs as follows:
- Site characterisation: oceanographers who are experts in observing and modelling coastal sea states, hydrodynamic engineers, sedimentologists, information systems specialists…
- Design and monitoring of systems: structural and fluid mechanics, specialized engineers in instrumentation and in-service monitoring…
- Environmental integration: marine biologists (benthos expertise, trophic networks, ichthyofauna, megafauna), sociologists…
- Farm architecture and grid integration: offshore systems and structures engineers, electrical engineering…
This young team, but nevertheless endowed with cross-experience from the academic and industrial worlds, is the driving force behind the Institute’s service and research activities. To support its members, partners and clients, this team is recombined into small multidisciplinary units that join its network to carry out studies, deploy innovative methodologies, coordinate experts or support characterisation campaigns.
A thematic organisation reinforced by support services
France Energies Marines is headed by a Chairman and an Executive Director. The latter is in charge of the operational management of the teams. To carry out its collaborative R&D and services activities, the Institute is organised around four scientific and technological programmes. The head of each program, who reports directly to the Executive Director, leads a team of PhDs, engineers, post-docs and PhD students. The latter are either employees of France Energies Marines or staff provided by academic or industrial research teams. This gender mix is one of the Institute’s strengths, which also has another advantage, that of near parity between men and women.
The four programmes receive support in the following areas:
- Scientific Management to coordinate the scientific activities of the Institute, to steer the process of generation and selection of projects, in particular those co-financed by the Investments for the Future Programme, to lead the R&D Committee of the members and to solicit the International Science and Technology Committee,
- Development and Valorisation to develop partnerships, seek new associates and contributors, offer the Institute’s services to the sector and organise communication,
- Operations and Quality to ensure the quality approach on all projects by monitoring the proper functioning and reporting of the R&D activity, but also to carry out reporting to French State departments and members,
- Administrative, Financial and Legal to support the teams in the administrative management, to ensure that the contractual documents necessary for the operation of the Institute are drawn up and to ensure sound financial management.
A presence spread throughout the territory for proximity to the sector players
The majority of the team is based at the France Energies Marines headquarters in Brest (Brittany) within the Campus Mondial de la Mer. This proximity with the academic players of the sector reinforces the scientific excellence of the Institute and the alignment of the activity with the expectations of the blue economy. Two complementary regional offices are currently in place. The first is located in Nantes and aims to develop partnerships with the ecosystem teeming with ORE in the Pays de Loire Region. The second is located in Marseille and aims to support the development of floating wind power in the Mediterranean.