Specific skills in the MRE field

Within the MRE field, biologists, physicists, economists, geographers and lawyers collaborate as a team of 80 researchers on innovating research projects, especially in the CNRS Research Federation « Sea and Littoral research Institute » (IUML). The areas of expertise are numerous, from pure technological research to social and human sciences:

  • Material durability
  • Structural monitoring
  • Reliability of offshore structures and foundations
  • Bio-colonization
  • Storing and transporting energy
  • Economic evaluation of MRE
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Legal framework for decommissioning
  • Social acceptability and use conflicts

Test facilities applicable to MRE

Testing Platform in marine environment / UN-SEA-MD Test-Center

The capacity to test all materials (composites, concrete, iron, …) in simulated natural and accelerated condition for: deep sea, immersion area, splash and tidal zone and spay area, coupled with mechanical loading (abrasion and static or cyclic loading).

Products or services in MRE

The possibilities of collaborating with the University are various and supported by our private subsidiary Capacités and its business units (Erimat, IXEAD , Mer, ITIS , Iréalité):

  • Collaborative projects
  • Technology transfer
  • Prototyping and technological measures
  • Trials, tests and controls
  • Provision of scientific equipment
  • Expertise: studies, strategic consulting, decision support
  • Recruitment of experts with high added value: CIFRE doctoral thesis and doctoral experts.

Projects in MRE

Our main ongoing projects:

  • SURFFEOL (Monitoring the reliability of wind turbine foundations)
  • HYDROL44 (Designing, controlling and assessing turbines)
  • ECOSAM2 (Relieving floating and submerged structures by using composite materials)
  • EMODI (Offshore Energy grid-MOnitornig and DIagnosis)
  • IBOCS (Iron Ballast for Ocean Cable Solutions)
  • “Network connection” Project
  • UIT -MG Project (Underwater Imaging Techniques for Marine Growth)
  • INDUSCOL: sustainability of multi-material structures in renewable marine energy,
  • OMDYN: development of dynamic umbilicals
  • ABIOP (Accounting for BIOfouling through established Protocols of quantification)
  • MHM MRE (Mooring Health Monitoring)
  • GENOME (Île d’Yeu New Energy Management and Electrical Optimisation) : R&D Prize SEANERGY 2017 !



Training in the MRE field

Initial training :

Nantes Université gathers 11 UFR (Units for Research and Teaching), 7 institutes, and 1 engineering school (Polytech Nantes). In the field of MRE, the offer for academic training courses is increasing with now 13 graduations in masters in sciences, most of them open to work-linked training and some of them labelled by the Atlantic and Britanny Sea Cluster (PMBA):

Master’s degrees :

  • Marine Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
  • New and Renewable Energies
  • Civil and Maritime Engineering, Maintenance
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mapping risk areas
  • Ecosystems and bioproduction
  • Geography and maritime space management
  • Law and safety of maritime and ocean activities
  • Economic evaluation of sustainable development
  • International finance and maritime logistics
  • International relations and history of the Atlantic world
  • Planet Earth, Planets and Environmental issues

Professional degree :

  • Head of operation and maintenance for offshore wind power

Continuous training :

University of Nantes has developed, with Centrale Nantes, the WEAMEC “MRE Technical Advisor”.