To prepare the future, EDF Renewables identifies other technologies and selectively invests in projects
EDF EN has now developed two energy storage sites: the Toucan solar plant in French Guiana (5 MWp) and the McHenry project in the United States (20 MW power, 40 MW dynamic capacity), an innovative storage system combining an energy storage battery and a computerized control system. These two projects mark a step forward in the development of new renewable energy applications.
To develop these innovative projects, EDF Renewables builds on the expertise of its dedicated EDF Store & Forecast subsidiary, which was set up in 2014 and has developed a smart software solution to coordinate generation from renewable sources via forecasting and energy storage.
Renewable marine energies
Offshore floating wind
Offshore floating wind is a promising new solution with the potential to expand the scope of offshore wind turbines. For several years, EDF Renewables has been supporting the development of this technology through the Provence Grand Large project, a pilot wind farm in the Mediterranean.
The project won the Call for Projects issued by ADEME (France’s Agency for Environment and Energy Management) for the development of offshore floating wind projects. Provence Grand Large, a pilot project made up of three wind turbines, is designed to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the innovative technology.
Provence Grand Large key figures
- 3 Siemens 8 MWwind turbines (24 MW total capacity)
- A floater system developed by SBM Offshore and IFP Energies Nouvelles
- 17 km off Port Saint Louis du Rhône
Tidal energy: pilot project in France
Tidal energy systems use the kinetic energy in tides to generate electricity in a reliable and fully predictable manner. France has tidal energy potential amounting to 3 GW, the second highest in Europe.
One pilot project in France
Under a cooperative agreement set up in 2009, the EDF Group, DCNS and OpenHydro have developed a new tidal technology that is both reliable and efficient.
Our Normandie Hydro pilot farm at Raz Blanchard in northern France is designed to demonstrate the energy performance of tidal turbines, support environmental monitoring and expand our experience in operation and maintenance.
NORMANDIE HYDRO: testing a promising technology under real conditions
The project won the call for expression of interest (AMI) issued by ADEME.
Normandie Hydro key facts and figures
Location: Raz Blanchard (Normandy)
Number of turbines: 7
Turbine diameter: 16 metres
Total capacity: 14 MW
Consumers supplied: 13,000
Made up of seven tidal turbines with a combined capacity of 14 MW, Normandie Hydro will support the ongoing development of the promising technology while supplying power for the equivalent of 13,000 people.
The project is located in the Raz Blanchard area, 3 km off the northwest tip of the Cotentin Peninsula, opposite the town of Jobourg. This area has some of the world’s strongest tides.
Objectives of the Normandie Hydro project:
- Confirm the technologyand the tidal farm operation and maintenance model from a preindustrial perspective
- Validate power generation by a tidal farm located in some of the world’s strongest tidal currents
- Build an industrial sector to create jobs in France and ensure competitiveness in other countries
- Make the most of the natural resources of the sea, the region and human activities.
A project coordinated with stakeholders and respecting the environment
In 2011, EDF Renewables initiated consultations with the full range of stakeholders in the Cotentin region (fishermen, non-profit organisations, businesses and local authorities). The consultation process is designed to involve the local stakeholders in the project from the design stage onwards.
In addition, the project is based on measurements taken in situ and on ground surveys carried out to gain an in-depth understanding of the site and the natural environment. Special attention is paid to marine animals and plants and to the coastal landscape.