General framework of the training offer
Member of the Ecoles Centrales Group, Centrale Nantes is an engineering school that deploys academic and applied research of the highest European standards
With more than 30 years of research and training in this field, European platforms in ocean engineering and several incubated startups, Centrale Nantes has established itself at the forefront of research and innovation in Marine Renewable Energy in Europe.
In keeping with the traditions of French Engineering schools (grandes écoles d’ingénieurs), Centrale Nantes, founded in 1919, trains versatile engineers to a very high scientific and technical level. Equipped with a strong managerial culture, they are capable of placing scientific subjects into a global context incorporating environmental and societal issues.
Courses from the engineering programme are open to international students – selected by our partner institutions abroad – as part of a double degree or via an exchange year or semester. Those selected to follow the double degree spend two years here within the engineering programme: one year of the common-core curriculum and one year of specialisation. Exchange year or semester students usually join the final year of the engineering programme choosing both a specialisation and a professional option to obtain ECTS credits.
The first year is devoted to broad-based multi-disciplinary engineering training in the form of a common-core curriculum. In each of years 2 and 3 students focus on a technical discipline with their choice of specialisation from the 22 on offer. In year 3 students also follow a professional option, to hone in on a particular sector of activity or company function.
Specific contribution to MRE
5 specialisation in the marine renewable energy fields :
The aim is to provide the students with the scientific and technical knowledge in hydrodynamics and ocean engineering to allow them to address societal issues linked mainly to energy (offshore oil, marine renewable energies) and maritime transport (building of environmentally-friendly ships and transport of offshore wind power).
ENERGY PRODUCTION & MANAGEMENT
Improvements in energy efficiency, the development of renewable energies and energy storage are amongst the main challenges facing engineers today. It is within this context that this specialisation aims to provide general engineering students with the skills to deal with cross- and multi-disciplinary issues linked to energy.
EMBEDDED CONTROL & POWER GRIDS
The development of control systems today is taking place through an integrated approach that can be characterised in the following terms: from system specification to embedded software. This has replaced the fragmented approach of control law design on one side and its implementation (e.g. in embedded systems) on the other. Both sides now agree on the need to understand the other side’s constraints and techniques.
HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING IN ENGINEERING SCIENCE
Engineering training is constantly evolving to keep pace with the ever increasing power of computers. The aim of this specialisation is for students to discover the current extent of the contribution made by digital technology to engineering science and master its tools and challenges. They will acquire different skills in numerical methods, from computer-based simulation to high performance computing, within a multidisciplinary context.