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Astom built the biggest offshore wind turbine in the world

christine deniel - 14-mai-2015 11:14:56
    The Haliade ™ 150-6MW responds to the stricts constraints imposed by the marine environment. This new generation of offshore wind turbine, with a rated output of 6 MW, will be able to supply in electricity the equivalent of 5,000 homes annually. Simple, robust, and effective, it will improve the competitiveness of offshore wind turbines. With a 170 metres height and 1,500 tonnes with each blade measuring 73.5 metres, this first Haliade ™  posed in the North Sea is the largest and biggest wind turbine in the world. This ALSTOMs stroke of genius combines effectiveness, simplicity, yield and strength.   By 2020, half of the produced energy will be renewable; the producers need to "go green".      

Electric consumption in France

christine deniel - 17-avr.-2015 13:59:22
  Balance French electric 2014 renewables grow and cover nearly 20% of French consumption balance electric french 2014clarification of the regulatory system as well as more favourable economic provisions in 2014 allow renewable energy to pursue their development. The situation of the wind and photovol taique improves with nearly 1 900 MW installed additional-owners in 2014. The France includes now more than 9 100 MW of wind and near 5 300 MW of photovoltaics. The electrical energy produced by non-hydraulic (28 TWh) renewable-lables energy exceeds the produc-tion of thermal fossil for the first time in 2014. More than half comes from wind generation, the rest is divided between photovoltaic and biomass.The maximum of wind production has reached the 27th decem - BER 2014 for a little more power of 7 000 MW, or 80% of wind power installed. The maximum of photovoltaic production reached on May 17, 2014 at 1: 30 p.m. for a capacity of 3 700 MW. Such levels had never been achieved before.In addition, water availability is rather high this year, because of a high volume of rainfall: level of hydraulic production (68.2 TWh) is the strongest of the decade after 2013, which was exceptional.  

Electric renewables grow and cover nearly 20% of French consumption in 2014

Christine Deniel - 16-mars-2015 13:25:18
The regulatory systems as well as more favorable economic provisions in 2014 allow renewable energy to pursue their development.     Wind and photovoltaic improves with nearly 1 900 MW installed additional-owners in 2014. France includes now more than 9 100 MW of wind and near 5 300 MW of photovoltaics. The electrical energy produced by non-hydraulic (28 TWh) renewables energy exceeds the production of thermal fossil for the first time in 2014. More than half comes from wind generation, the rest is divided between photovoltaic and biomass. On the 27 th of December, the maximum of wind production has reached 7 000 MW, or 80% of wind power installed. The maximum of photovoltaic production reached on May 17, a capacity of 3 700 MW. Such levels had never been achieved before. In addition, water availability is rather high this year, because of a high volume of rainfall: level of hydraulic production (68.2 TWh) is the strongest of the decade after 2013, which was exceptional.  

French sports-events companies keep on winning

UBIFRANCE - 30-juil.-2014 10:32:38
Interview : Viviane SILBERSTEIN, Project Head at Ubifrance     While the men’s French football team had its last kick in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, many French companies continued their successful campaign at the world’s premier sporting event. Rio de Janeiro was the host of the final of the World Cup and one could see signs of French business presence almost everywhere. GL Events of France managed Rio Centro, an exposition park that was the site of FIFA’s organization committee and press centre. Nearby sits a 306-room hotel that was used by many of the FIFA delegates: it was built by French construction group Bouygues and designed by French-born architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Each day, when officials arrived at the state-of-the-art Maracana stadium, the renewable energy powering the stadium was supplied thanks to a pilot project run by French energy group EDF and its partners. French-based companies have a long history of winning contracts for the supply of products and services at major international sporting events. According to Viviane Silberstein, Project Head at UBIFRANCE, much of the winning know-how of French businesses is acquired in their domestic market: “When French companies go abroad, they have to adapt to other markets, but domestic experience already gives a reference and an image, like Roland Garros or the next European football championship, and this is very important for an organizing committee.” France has proven experience in handling international sports events: the country has hosted various Winter Olympics (Chamonix, Grenoble and Albertville), the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Every year, France organizes the Tour de France cycling event. Roland Garros is another key international sporting event organised in France, and the country will host the 2016 UEFA European Championship.   GL Event’s performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics helped the company to launch a successful bid for contracts during this summer’s Football World Cup in Brazil. GL Events was responsible for the design and installation of 25 indoor and 15 temporary outdoor sites across London — a contract that represented €21 million. However, even before this sizeable addition to its portfolio, GL Events had been managing a range of international events in Paris for years. In 2014, the Winter Olympics — the most expensive in history, at a total cost of $51 billion — took place in Sochi, in the Russian Federation: 12 French companies won a total of €100 million in contracts. A 2013 survey of the Rhône-Alpes region in South-Eastern France found that there are 300 locally based companies involved in the management of the winter-sports industry, bringing in approximately €1 billion in revenue per year. After all, France ranks third worldwide in winter-sports tourism, after Austria and the USA… French companies, building on their track record, have been successful domestically and internationally in this field. Innovative companies, which offer new products and technologies, find opportunities to showcase their solutions and grow. Seat Advert is a very young company that is revolutionizing the sporting experience: its small screens, as installed in stadiums, allow viewers to peruse ads and access real-time information, including game statistics. Seat Advert’s innovative solution has already found new clients in Mexico, with plans to expand into South America. The company has recently been awarded a contract for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, in North-Western France. Esportec Eco-Industriel is yet another young innovative company developing natural and ecological surfacing solutions for outdoor spaces. ECO’STABIL®, its patented material, is made out of waste and can be combined with other recycled products. While many of the uses of this and other products are not entirely recreational, they can be used to create cycle tracks, equestrian paths and footpaths. Currently, the company exports to Morocco, Benelux countries and Switzerland: the potential for expansion of this eco-friendly material in export markets is considerable, as more and more international sports events require contractors to pay attention to environmental considerations. Ms V Silberstein of UBIFRANCE explains that French companies are not afraid to take on the biggest challenges and, with their many successes, it is not surprising that, “They are approaching the market based on the biggest business opportunities, and these are the biggest international events, international football events, and Olympic Games. The criterion is not francophone and country specific and, now, UBIFRANCE is working with companies on all events.” International opportunities will continue to grow, with the $100 billion in new investments expected at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, $15 billion at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and $30 billion for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Apart from the biggest prizes over the next decade, there is a diverse set of opportunities that can sustain a business in the coming years. For example, there are smaller but lucrative events that French companies can target through UBIFRANCE, including sales expositions in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and preparatory events in Saint Petersburg (Russia) for the 2018 World Cup, all in the next 12 months. Furthermore, existing markets are always in a state of flux and French companies with good products and services are being rewarded with new contracts. Bodet, an equipment manufacturer specializing in scoreboards and video screens, is a prime example. Even though this French company has been present in the Middle East for more than 30 years, it recently acquired new business from Al Jazeera Sport Studios and in relation to stadiums in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait City. While Ms Silberstein admits that, “The international sports-event market is extremely competitive,” it is also clear that many French companies, encouraged by expertise gained in their domestic market, are more than ready for the challenge. Besides, as she points out, “New opportunities and existing national markets will only grow over the next decade, with contracts that are so big that, if you have a small percentage of this contract, it is worth fighting for it.” In conclusion, it is clear that French-based companies are poised to continue with their off-the-pitch success in this competitive market. Further information about French companies: > Tourism, Hospitality, Sport      

Areva, shortlisted to tender for the supply of offshore wind energy along with GDF Suez for the second time

Christine Deniel - 14-mai-2014 10:49:57
  The world’s leading French nuclear group, Areva, is pleased to have been shortlisted to tender for the supply of offshore wind energy along with GDF Suez for the second time: two large wind farms located at Tréport (Seine-maritime) and Noirmoutier (Loire-Atlantique).    The French minister of Ecology, Ségolène Royal, announced that the consortium GDF Suez-Areva will be in charge of its implementation and maintenance. This decision strengthens the company’s position as a leading player in the renewable energy industry. The contract will have a very positive impact, nearly 6 000 direct and indirect qualified jobs will be created. Moreover to carry out these projects Areva and its partners plan to create six factories in France.  

750 million € funding from the European Investment Bank for developing renewable energy projects in France

Christine Deniel - 11-avr.-2014 16:54:47
The EIB announced the launch of “France Renewable Energy” with a funding of 750 million euros for the development of renewable energy projects in France between 2014 and 2016. Projects selected from public or private entities will have access to favorable financial conditions and will develop wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy .   “France renewable Energy” will be implemented in collaboration with Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, Crédit Agricole Group and BPCE Group.  The granted loans will represent 50% of the required funding for each project selected with a capital cost of less than 50 million €. Partner banks will be responsible for project selection and structuring financing. By 2020, the EU will increase heavily investments in renewable energies for its energy transition. France is among the first countries receiving this effort with over 1 billion of new funding in this area in 2013.   Source : Crédit Agricole, 1/04/2014

Thetis Exhibition & Conference

Christine Deniel - 01-avr.-2014 17:58:31
Next week,  the doors open on the showcase event for the French marine renewables industry : Thetis MRE. THETIS MRE is the annual European convention on marine-based forms of energy and will take place from 9 to 10 April 2014 in Cherbourg (North-Western France). Cherbourg — one of the regions of Europe with the greatest potential for marine energy — has been chosen to host THETIS MRE. Organised by THETIS and devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), THETIS MRE is an annual event of reference in the sector and across Europe. The convention aims to gather all the key players in the sector and foster strong links among them – major contractors, SMEs, manufacturers, universities, or R&D facilities. It will be an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the situation that the sector is currently in, and to emphasise the role of marine renewable energies. Turbine technologies, wave and tidal  power, and floating wind power (offshore and anchored) will be at heart of the debates and presentations.
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