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.
SEM-REV is the first French site for multi-technology offshore testing that is connected to the grid. It comprises:
- A 1km2 designated maritime zone, 20km off the coast from Le Croisic, fully equipped to measure sea and weather conditions (wind, swell and local parameters) and clearly marked out by cardinal buoys.
- Electric infrastructure to connect the system to the Enedis medium-voltage network via an 8MW 25km-long cable
- A hub enabling the simultaneous connection of three machines
- A research centre, located at Penn-Avel, to receive and analyse data and control the test devices -staffed by a dozen researchers and engineers.
Since 2018, SEM-REV hosts the first large scale Floating Wind turbine, grid connected, in France: FLOATGEN.