Main projects & networks

SEM-REV is involved in numerous research and collaborative projects...


Ocean DEMO is a €13 million project. Ocean DEMO is expected to stimulate innovation in ocean energy and to develop technologies up to real-life testing of several machines, including free access to the network of test centres in Europe, one of the largest in the world. Ocean Demo is funded by the Interreg North West Europe (NWE) programme, which is part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The SEM-REV is one of the project test site.

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The Marine Energy Alliance aims to progress the combined technical and commercial maturity level of 40 SMEs by delivering a suite of bespoke integrated technical and commercial services. Centrale Nantes, through its LHEEA laboratory and its offshore test site SEM-REV, is involved in this alliance.

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Centrale Nantes and Ifremer are taking up this challenge by networking their hydrodynamic test facilities, to carry out research activities and collaborative projects with French and international companies. This is how THeoREM came into being.

THeoREM promotes research partnerships between academics, technical centers and industry. In addition to the Marine Renewable Energy sector, our experimental resources are intended for the offshore oil and the naval sector.


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MERS Carnot Institute

The MERS Carnot Institute (Marine Engineering Research for sustainable, safe and smart Seas) was one of 37 Carnot Institutes to be granted official certification on 7 February for a period of 4 years. Its ambition is to boost collaboration between companies and research laboratories to develop sustainable and ocean-friendly maritime activities. The MERS Carnot Institute will contribute to the development of maritime activities and the blue economy while focusing on their sustainability and the preservation of a healthy and living ocean. Ifremer and Centrale Nantes head up the MERS Carnot institute with support from the CNRS and the Universities of Nantes, UBO and UBS. It brings together 13 internationally-recognised units and laboratories, present on all of France's coastlines.

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MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is composed of 39 organisations who collaborate to progress offshore renewable energy technologies in Europe.

It aims to accelerate the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries, including the hydrodynamics and ocean engineering tank (HOET) and the offshore test site SEMREV, both run by the LHEEA Laboratory, Centrale Nantes.

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The Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) is a coordinated ocean energy technology demonstration programme encouraging longer-term demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Area regions. This €2.5 million project is funded by Interreg Atlantic Area. A series of test site access vouchers will be offered to successful applicants to support testing of devices and subsystems at the following test centres including the SEM-REV. 

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FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) is an Innovative Training Network (ITN), a European project that brings together leading academics and industry leaders in the offshore wind industry, and floating wind turbines in particular. Its goal is to strengthen the leadership and competitiveness of this industry in Europe. Coordinated by Centrale Nantes, the project will last four years. This time will be devoted to the multidisciplinary training of early stage researchers in the technologies required for the development of floating wind turbines

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With the objective of increasing the technical maturity and the cost competitiveness of floating offshore wind energy, FLOATECH aims to stimulate this transition.

Launched in January 2021 for a duration of 3 years and coordinated by TU Berlin, FLOATECH is a European H2020 project bringing together five public research institutions, including Centrale Nantes and its LHEEA research lab, with relevant expertise in offshore floating wind energy and three industrial partners involved in the most recent developments of floating wind systems.

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The FORESEA project was launched to help companies test and demonstrate low carbon energy technologies in real sea environments. SEM-REV participates in FORESEA alongside other European sites on the Atlantic coast with an international dimension: EMEC in Scotland, Smart Bay in Ireland and Tidal Testing Center in the Netherlands.

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The aim of the SafeWAVE project consists of overcoming these non-technological barriers that could hinder the future development of one of the main pillars of the EU Blue Growth strategy.

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SEM-REV R&D projects

Discover all the other projects and 4 subprograms in which to register your project.

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Published on July 3, 2017 Updated on February 16, 2024