France Launches Offshore Renewables Tech Test Site

SEM-REV, French offshore test site for marine renewable energy, was officially opened on August 25 in Croisic.

SEM-REV is equipped at sea and on land for the testing of full scale (floating) offshore wind and wave power prototypes under operational conditions.

The multi-technology test site, operated jointly by the CNRS and Centrale Nantes, is equipped with an electric cable with a capacity of 8 MW, connecting it to the French network.

An important step for SEM-REV was the installation of a subsea connection system this summer. This will enable  a safe connection of various power generation devices within a day, starting this September. The SEM-REV site will be able to simultaneously accommodate up to three marine energy demonstrators.

Offshore WIND Staff; Image: IDEOL (Floatgen)