Offshore site mission

Using the well-known expertise of Centrale Nantes in the scope of marine renewable energy, the strategy consists in building up a continuous and pragmatic approach to the testing of technologies, and offers the corresponding facilities and services from the initial proof of concept to the large scale verification of prototypes at sea.

To do that, Centrale Nantes and its Laboratory in Hydrodynamics, Energetics and Atmospheric Environment (LHEEA) has complementary tools and facilities such as numerical simulation means, ocean test facilities and the offshore test site SEM-REV.


As part of its role, SEM-REV follows a research program based on 4 points:

  • P1: Increase awareness of marine environment (resources, impact…)
  • P2: Support the development of MRE Technologies (FOWT, WEC) and components
  • P3: Include all aspects related to Energy (Storage, Transport and Conversion)
  • P4: Address the Security, Safety, Education & Marine Operations challenges

THeoREM - unparalleled research infrastructure in Europe

Ifremer and Centrale Nantes have combined their test resources to create the THeoREM Research Infrastructure and provide France with unparalleled marine engineering resources in Europe.

THeoREM networks the marine engineering test facilities of the two institutions, in order to carry out research activities and collaborative projects with manufacturers based in France and abroad. THeoREM brings together Centrale Nantes' ocean test facilities (3 tanks of different capacities) and its SEM-REV offshore test site, with Ifremer's testing tank - equipped with wave and wind generators - and its Sainte-Anne du Portzic site in Plouzané (near Brest), as well as its swell and current tank at Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Published on June 30, 2017 Updated on April 25, 2018