Seabased, a wave energy company led by French CEO Laurent Albert, is planning to build a 10MW wave power park in Audierne Bay in France’s Brittany region.
The park would begin with a pilot 2MW and scale up to 10MW and will be connected to the French grid.
For Seabased, the opportunity to install its soon-to-be-unveiled commercial system in Audierne bay is ideal. “Brittany is doing a fantastic job of building a one-of-a-kind ocean power innovation hub and ecosystem in an area that previously had few renewables,” said Albert. “They have been wonderful to work with and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them to realize this milestone project.”
Philippe Thieffry, Manager of Bretagne Ocean Power noted that the project will help maintain the region of Bretagne as a unique showroom of ocean energy technology, especially since it could be Europe’s first grid-connected utility-scale wave energy park. And it will help promote industrial and economic growth in the region.
Seabased already works with Brittany-based ENAG, a company that specializes in energy conversion. ENAG has built Seabased’s unique electrical system.
“Seabased’s relationship with ENAG is important for us in terms of being compliant with the roadmap for industrial development for Brittany,” explained Thieffry. “But in choosing renewable energy projects to complement the ones already in the region, it is also important for us to invite companies that are on the verge of commercialization, that have already performed some tests at full scale in real conditions.”