France Declares Its Tidal Power Ambitions

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Major players in the French tidal industry declare huge opportunity for marine energy development at the 7th International Tidal Energy Summit.

This November, key companies in the French energy market will outline the opportunity and potential for development French coastal regions at the annual international meeting point for the tidal energy community.

French industrial interests have weighed heavily into tidal technology in recent years with the Alstom purchase Tidal Generation Limited and DCNS acquiring OpenHydro. While most of their development activity is still focused on the British Isles, developers are declaring ambitious plans; GDF Suez are currently carrying out feasibility studies on the Raz Blanchard and Passage Du Fromveur regions which are believed to be worth upwards of 80% of the marine potential in France. Meanwhile, EDF edges steadily towards commissioning the Paimpol-Brehat project in partnership with OpenHydro, which promises to be the largest commercial scale tidal project once it is completed.

This November, West Normandy Marine Energy will host a dedicated half-day conference at the annual tidal industry meeting point featuring key representatives of the French tidal market. Along with the Ports of Normandy Association, Frances Energies Marines and the French grid operator RTE, WNME will outline the marine power opportunity in the Normandy region and the growing opportunity for both manufacturers and developers in the region.

West Normandy Marine Energy will form an essential part of the 7th International Tidal Energy Summit (25-27 November, London), the leading international meeting point for the tidal energy market. Featuring leading representatives from GDF Suez, Scottish Power Renewables, DP Marine Energy, Alstom Tidal Generation, Andritz Hydro Hammerfest, Siemens Marine Current Turbines, ScotRenewables, Tidal Energy Ltd and many more, ITES2013 is the centre for commercial networking in the tidal power space.

The 7th International Tidal Energy Summit (25th-27th November, Victoria Park Plaza, London). For full agenda speaker and registration information visit http://www.tidaltoday.com/tidal-conference.

Will Broad
Event Director
Tidal Today
T: +44 (0) 207 375 7516
E: will(at)tidaltoday(dot)com

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