EUROGIA+ Marine Renewables Information Day




Giving boost to Marine Renewables

Brussels, 13 March 2012 – The EUREKA cluster EUROGIA+ organized marine renewable information day at GdFSuez Premises in Paris on March 5, 2012.

Over 100 people attended the event and four interesting project ideas were showcased throughout the brokerage session. The information day began with an opening speech by Marc Florette, Director  of GdF Suez research & innovation. He highlighted the importance of international collaboration in marine renewables sector.

Following the welcome speech, a presentation was featured by Marine Renewables Leader of Bureau Veritas, Maxime Pachot  about the European Maritime industry and its role in the development of the marine renewables.  ‘ Each country has different priorities, for instance tidal energy is growing rapidly in France, even twice more than the growth rate of offshore wind. Sharing knowledge and expertise is a lever for development of marine renewable sector,’ said Maxime Pachot.

Today the main challenges the ocean energy is facing are the lack of international guidelines and the standards and the R&D aiming at cost reduction. Jose Luis Villate, marine energy manager of Tecnalia, summarized the three criteria to be fulfilled for the consolidation of ocean energy sector : Proven technology to achieve efficient and reliable energy generation, funding mechanisms to attract long term private investment, technology cost reduction and risk limitation.

The offshore wind industry was presented by Anne Benedicte Genachte, Regulatory Affairs advisor at EWEA. ‘By 2020 offshore wind energy will meet 4.2% of the total EU electricity demand. The EU is a leader in the offshore wind energy market with 4,000 MW already installed capacity; however, it should prepare stable post -2020 legislative frameworks to let energy companies optimally allocate their investments’, said Anne Benedicte Genachte.

The presentations given by the representatives of international companies and organizations were followed by the speech of Yves Robin director of industry services at French Finance Ministry (DGCIS). Mr Robin explained the enthusiasm of French government to support the developments in the marine renewables sector.  Yann Herve de Roack, the project manager at France Energie Marine presented the marine renewables vision of France across the different coastal regions on mainland and in France’s overseas territories.

EUROGIA+ Office Director Christian Besson gave participants an insight of how EUROGIA+ mechanism works and explained what to do to get their best ideas funded.  EUROGIA+ Chairman and the director of wind &marine renewable at Acciona, Mr Manzanas explained the importance of using both international and national funding mechanisms to bolster marine renewable energies.

Throughout the brokerage session, participants looking for partners were given the chance to present their interesting ideas to the audience.