The "MEA & AFLOWT Innovation Tour" gathered more than 100 participants from all over Europe on June 29 and 30 around Marine Renewable Energies at Centrale Nantes. This event was organized by Centrale Nantes, SEM-REV and WEAMEC within the framework of the MEA and AFLOWT projects, both funded by Interreg North West Europe.
Thanks to the Innovation Tour, participants were able to attend training sessions; in particular with FARWIND and Innosea presentations providing a basic knowledge on Marine Renewable Energies (MRE) and how these new technologies can contribute to the energy transition.A session dedicated to the AFLOWT project presented Hexafloat, the floating wind turbine floater developed by SAIPEM. SEAI, for its AMETS site in Ireland, and Centrale Nantes, with SEM-REV in France, also presented the challenges of developing offshore test sites.
The afternoon was punctuated by short sessions of investors and incubators (GO Capital, BPGO, Atlanpole, Centrale Nantes/Audencia/ENSA incubator) in order to present their capacity and their willingness to support the MRE sector. Finally, several start-ups (FARWIND, Lhyfe, ELWAVE, D-ICE Engineering, Inyanga, Akrocéan, Finsulate, Dublin Offshore) presented their activities and projects under development to give an overview of future innovations.