France looking to become major player in global marine energy market
France is hoping to send a message about its potential role in the world's hydropower sector with the announcement of preliminary studies that will ultimately lead to the launch of tidal energy tenders.
Speaking at the Renewable Energies Union's Annual Symposium in Paris, Remi Gruet, CEO of multinational think tank Ocean Energy Europe said the move is intended to position France as a global leader in marine energy manufacturing.
"The stage is set for France to become the powerhouse of a global tidal energy industry," Gruet said. "It has one of the most powerful tidal resources in the world, it has world-leading tidal technology, and it has an existing offshore supply chain ready for action."
The studies will focus on zones along France's northern coast near Brittany and Normandy, with the ensuing tenders for development expected to bring industry.