THE BLANCHARD RACE
TWO PILOT TIDAL ENERGY ARRAYS IN 2017-2018
In September 2013, at the Cité de la Mer Museum Complex in Cherbourg, the President of the French Republic officially launched the French tidal energy industry. Its development will require installing pilot arrays in the Blanchard Race by 2017/2018. This race is one of the fastest marine currents in Europe and is located between Cape The Hague and the Channel Island of Alderney.
Following the announcement, a Call for Expression of Interest launched by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, led to the selection of two projects. They received State support under the ‘Investments for the Future’ scheme - Investissements d’Avenir:
Led by DNCS and EDF Energies Nouvelles, this project involves 7 OpenHydro tidal turbine arrays producing 2 MW each. Their commissioning is scheduled for 2018.
The project is comprised of 4 OCEADE tidal turbine arrays producing 1.4 MW each, manufactured by GE (ALSTOM) and operated by GDF SUEZ for an expected 20 years.
These first two pilot farms should allow the testing of potential technologies as well as array installation, operation and maintenance options.
The objective is, in time, to be able to install commercial tidal turbine farms and develop industries that would manufacture and export these machines. This would generate numerous jobs.
11 tidal turbines
19.6 MW total capacity
The DCNS / EDF Energies Nouvelles Project (7 turbines) and the ENGIE / GE Project (4 turbines)
Commissioning starting in 2017