Pays de la Loire blows away EWEA OFFSHORE 2011
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The Pays de la Loire region (in western France) will be present at the EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 trade show in Amsterdam (in The Netherlands), which will take place between 29 November and 1 December. The French region’s pavilion will provide visitors with the opportunity to better understand its offshore-energy sector. The region will also host a conference that will take place at the trade fair on 29 November.
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On 3 November, ALSTOM announced its decision to set up an industrial site in St Nazaire (in the Pays de la Loire region), with the creation of two production facilities for nacelles and generators of wind turbines. This decision highlights the appeal of the Pays de la Loire region for important industrial projects relating to offshore wind energy and, more generally, to the offshore-renewable-energy sector.
Pays de la Loire is intent on taking the lead in the marine-renewable-energy sector in France: its prime objective is to reach 1,400 MW in offshore wind energy produced within the region by 2017, as part of the overall call for tender, in France, which was for 6,000 MW.
The region is undertaking various short- and medium-term projects linked to offshore energy. These include SEM-REV, an experimental site which will be located in the open sea and whose aim will be to harness wave energy. SEM-REV will also test the small-size production of offshore wind energy and will be operational from early 2012.
SEM-REEF is another of the region’s projects. It will be a test site devoted to floating offshore wind energy and will be one of the few projects aimed at performing life-size experiments. The Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (or IFREMER, the French research institute for the sea) has identified the site as one of the most significant projects to host France Energies Marines, i.e. France’s national offshore renewable-energy platform.
The Pays de la Loire region, which faces the Atlantic, on the west coast of France, is fast turning into a premier centre for offshore wind energy: in terms of R&D, industrial capacity and logistics, everything is now in place for the offshore-wind-energy sector to start growing rapidly across the region.
The Pays de la Loire has advanced engineering, research and testing facilities. In terms of R&D, the region possesses two flagship institutions. Firstly, there is the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, which is acknowledged throughout Europe for its commitment to the offshore-renewable-energy sector. Secondly, the region has the Jules Verne Wind Tunnel at the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (or CSTB, France’s scientific and technical centre for the construction industry) — a national R&D centre devoted to the interactions between wind and large structures. Several high-technology clusters further strengthen the appeal of Pays de la Loire in the field of renewable energy. The EMC2 cluster of excellence, specialising in metal assemblies and complex composites, runs the world-class Jules Verne Technological Research Institute. This institute is devoted to advanced technology in the production of composites, metals and hybrid structures. It also houses Technocampus Océan, which is a platform focused on innovation in metals, oceanic applications and sea-based forms of energy.
Pays de la Loire is also outstanding in terms of logistical services and facilities. The Port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire is the leading port on France’s Atlantic coast and the fourth most important port in France. It specialises in the transport and handling of large industrial assemblies and heavy freight; it also offers land, which is available for development, as well as infrastructures and logistical facilities that are tailored to the needs of operators.
The following companies, which are all key regional players in the offshore-renewable-energy sector, will be on the Pays de la Loire pavilion (Hall 11 —11550a) at the EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 trade show.
ALSTOM is a major player in the offshore-energy sector globally.
DCNS Group is an innovator in marine-based energy, employing 12,500 people and generating annual revenues of around €2.5 billion.
METEODYN is a design firm that specialises in wind simulation and climatology.
NEOPOLIA is a network of 160 companies across five markets, including offshore renewable energy, marine technology, oil and gas, aerospace, and railway transport.
NET-WIND is a cluster of excellence devoted to the maintenance of wind-energy facilities.
ROLLIX is the world’s leader in wind-turbine slewing rings for blades and towers, which are suitable for all power levels.
STX France is a specialist in large assembly and a designer of high-technical-content floating engines using metal sub-assemblies (including metal foundations, towers and electrical sub-stations) and of cable-laying ships.
About Pays de la Loire
The region of Pays de la Loire will be represented at the EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 trade show in Amsterdam (in The Netherlands), which will take place between 29 November and 1 December 2011.
The French region will organise a conference, which will take place on 29 November at 2.00pm (Room D403/Elicium, on the fourth floor). The Pays de la Loire Pavilion can be found in Hall 11 (stand 11550a).
For further information about EWEA OFFSHORE, please go to: http://www.offshorewind2011.info/
For further information about Pays de la Loire, please go to: http://www.paysdelaloire.eu/
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