General framework of the activity
As a global leader in low-carbon energy, the EDF Group covers every sector of expertise, from generation to trading and transmission grids. EDF builds on the expertise of its people, its R&D and engineering skills, its experience as a leading industry operator and the attentive support of its customers to deliver competitive solutions that successfully reconcile economic growth with climate protection. EDF has been working on harnessing marine energy since 1966 with its La Rance tidal power plant in Brittany, France.
In France, EDF Energies Nouvelles is a leading player in the development of onshore and offshore wind capacity, marine energy and solar (power plant and distributed rooftop) energy. EDF Energies Nouvelles has developed or acquired more than 80 wind farms and more than 20 large solar power plants. More recently, the company acquired a position in renewable marine energy (bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind, tidal current).
Specific skills in the MRE field
For several years, EDF Energies Nouvelles has acquired expertise in marine energy based on two key axes:
- The construction and operation of offshore wind projects in Europe through participation in major projects (C-power, Teesside, Blyth, Neart na Gaoithe)
- Maintenance at sea by acquiring in 2017 the company OWS, a German company specializing in the maintenance of offshore wind farms.
To date, EDF Energies Nouvelles has a team of more than 500 people specializing in Marine Renewable Energies.
EDF subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles is active in three offshore wind power projects currently under development in France :
- Fécamp (Seine-Maritime, English Channel, capacity 498 MW): 83 turbines more than 13 km off the coast. The planned production would cover the average electricity consumption of a population of 770,000 – Visit the website
- Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados, English Channel, capacity 450 MW): 75 turbines more than 10 km off the coast that would cover the average electricity consumption of a population of 630,000 – Visit the website
- Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique, Atlantic coast, capacity 480 MW): 80 turbines more than 12 km off the coast that would cover the average electricity consumption of a population of 700,000 – Visit the website
EDF Énergies Nouvelles is also attentive to the development of future technologies in the field of Renewable Marine Energies:
- Ffloating wind turbine: The company is currently developing the Provence Grand Large project, a floating wind turbine project located off Fos-sur-Mer in the Mediterranean.
- Tidal energy: The company is currently developing the Normandy Hydro project, a pilot fleet consisting of 7 tidal turbines and located in the Raz-Blanchard, off the coast. For this project, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Naval Energies were awarded on 2 December 2014 the call for expressions of interest (AMI) by ADEME.