France in focus: ALPC’s large renewable energy sector

Amelie Argenti - 29/01/16

The ALPC region is an already well established and equipped area for companies in the renewable energy sector. The region has developed infrastructures and development projects in several important renewable energy sectors:

Solar power: In Cestas, close to Bordeaux the ALPC region is host to the largest solar power complex in Europe, the size of over 300 football pitches. It contains 25 plants with a capacity of 300 megawatts. This has resulted in fast expansion of the sector and the cluster, SYSOLIA rapidly growing and including new innovative groups and companies.

Wind power : With over 34 wind farms and  376 megawatts produced annually, wind power is another highly developed area with lots of potential in the ALPC region. Hundreds of manufacturing, engineering, maintenance and R&D facilities have been developed in the region to meet the demand and investments pouring into the area.

Biomass: This is a growing sector with projects using second generation biomass processes to produce energy such as ethanol. ALPC is well equipped in natural resources (wood, maize etc) and is able to accommodate numerous companies in the sector.

Geosciences: France’s sole cluster in geosciences is located in the ALPC region. AVENIA assembles numerous companies and large groups seeking to responsibly handle fossil fuels, storage of CO2 and industrial geothermal energy.

There are numerous companies that can be highlighted for the purposes of article, three have been selected:

VALOREM was created in 1994 and quickly became a market leader in the green energy sector. With its head office in Bègles, ALCP, the group has extensive projects throughout France, and in parts of Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, offering services ranging from feasibility studies and assessments through to project development, construction and maintenance. Since its creation, VALOREM has created over 43 windfarms, installed 240 wind turbines and connected 500 megawatts. The company is continuously developing new projects and has a few underway in the nordic countries.

FONROCHE ENERGIE is a global green energy player with its headquarters in Roquefort, ALPC. The group was founded in 2008 and grew quickly to produce revenues of 200 million EUR and employ 190 people. FONROCHE offers clean energy solutions, specializing in solar (photovoltaic and solar thermal systems), biogas, geothermal and off-grid lighting systems. The group handles all levels of the project from sourcing to design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance.  FONROCHE is today present in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. 

HYD&AU is a national leader in the industrial and mobile hydraulics sector in France. The group has also expanded its services and developed numerous partnerships with operators and manufacturers of wind turbines to offer a range of services from supplying spare parts to maintenance and repair. 
HYD&AU has 18 sites in Europe and in Africa. With their headquarters located in Vayres in the ALPC region, the group today employs over 300 people and has a global turnover of over 54 million EUR.

For further information on the renewable energy sector in the Aquitaine Limousin Poitou Charentes region do not hesitate to contact Amelie Argenti, amelie.argenti(@)businessfrance.fr

 

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