Renewable energy – wave energy
In the race to commercialize wave energy, the Brittany region in France may plant a flag as home to Europe’s first utility scale commercial wave energy park.
With the support of the region, Seabased, a wave energy company led by French CEO Laurent Albert, is planning to build a 10 MW wave power park in Audierne Bay.
“The Region of Brittany is pleased to support this particularly innovative commercial project which will contribute to the production of competitive renewable energy along the coast of Brittany,” says Loïg Chesnais-Girard President of the Regional Council of Brittany.
Philippe Thieffry, Manager of Bretagne Ocean Power noted that the project will help maintain the region of Bretagne as a unique showroom of ocean energy technology, especially since it could be Europe’s first grid-connected utility-scale wave energy park.
And it will help promote industrial and economic growth in the region That is the purpose of Bretagne Ocean Power which serves as a central accelerator for marine renewable energy projects in the area.
For Seabased, the opportunity to install its soon-to-be-unveiled commercial system in Audierne bay is ideal. “Brittany is doing a fantastic job of building a one-of-a-kind ocean power innovation hub and ecosystem in an area that previously had few renewables,” says Albert. “They have been wonderful to work with and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them to realize this milestone project.”
The planned wave power park will begin with a pilot 2MW and scale up to 10MW and will be connected to the French grid.