LHEEA - News & events

  • OPIN – Ocean DEMO Workshop at OEE2020
    December 2, 2020
    OPIN is organising a workshop at OEE2020 in conjunction with the OceanDEMO project. Both projects have been in operation since 2019, are Interreg NWE funded and have been engaged in providing novel and innovative supports to help the Ocean Energy sector address challenges for development and deployment.
  • Alexis Bazin, of the TSM research group, helps out Vendée Globe skipper Sébastien Destremau
    November 26, 2020
    Alexis Bazin is an assistant engineer in the TSM research group (LHEEA) at Centrale Nantes. As a specialist in a particular model of lithium battery, he was contacted on a matter of urgency by a Vendée Globe Skipper, Sébastien Destremau, to help him pass the endurance test following an unsuccessful initial attempt. Sébastien Destremau's boat is equipped with an electric motor. The Vendée Globe class measurement rules require that competing boats must be able to sail at an average of 5 knots for 5 hours. The endurance test is used to verify this capacity and must be passed successfully in order to compete. To this end, a Vendée Globe official carries out the test with the skipper on the open sea. Alexis was contacted to see if he ascertain what was wrong with two batteries and help ensure that the second attempt was successful. We interviewed Alexis to find out what happened next!
  • PhD Defense - Catherine Ramirez Villalba - LHEEA/ED SPI
    November 20, 2020
    Catherine Ramirez Villalba will defend her PhD on Friday, November 20, 2020. The PhD is entitled "Towards an efficient modeling of fluid-structure interaction". This PhD defense is confidential.
  • SWEL tests its wave system in the Ocean tank of Centrale Nantes, as part of the MEA project
    November 18, 2020
    SWEL, Sea Wave Energy Ltd, is a UK based company with its testing facilities located in Larnaca, Cyprus. The company came to Centrale Nantes in October under the MEA programme, an Interreg North West Europe project which aims to increase the technical and commercial maturity of upcoming technologies by providing access to industry leading testing facilities and experts from over the EU.
  • PhD Defense - Hashim Elzaabalawy - LHEEA/ED SPI
    November 6, 2020
    You are cordially invited to attend the Ph.D. defense by Hashim Elzaabalawy on the subject "Towards High-Order Compact Discretization of Unsteady Navier-Stokes Equations for Incompressible Flows on Unstructured Grids". Due to the specific sanitary conditions, the defense will take place by videoconference on Friday, November 6th at 14:00.
  • Ocean DEMO awards support to 12 developers for 3rd call
    November 4, 2020
    The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project has awarded recommendations for support to 12 offshore renewable energy developers under its 3rd call. The awards will support developers on their path to commercialisation and ease the transition of ocean energy towards multi-device farms by providing free access to open sea test sites.
  • National Science Fair 2020: Centrale Nantes invites visitors to a 100% virtual tour
    October 2, 2020 - October 12, 2020
    This year, Centrale Nantes is taking part in the National Science Fair (Fête de la Science) with a 100% virtual tour of the campus. Immerse yourself in a fun and informative way to discover Centrale Nantes!
  • Accreditation to supervise research: Guillaume Ducrozet
    September 28, 2020
    Guillaume Ducrozet, Lecturer at Centrale Nantes in the LHEEA, will present his defense for his accreditation to supervise research (HDR) on Monday 28 September 2020.
  • FARWIND Energy, a LHEEA spin-off!
    September 23, 2020
    Farwind is developing a solution for converting offshore hydroelectric energy into renewable fuel. Created by Aurélien Babarit, Félix Gorintin and Arnaud Poitou, Farwind emerged from the FARWIND research project conducted at LHEEA since 2016.
  • Sea-GRID Call for Expression of Interest - Five innovative projects selected to advance offshore energy production on the SEM-REV site
    September 22, 2020
    The partners of the Sea-GRID Call for Expression of Interest unveiled today the five winning projects! Enthusiastic responses were received across the board to this call, which aims to develop concrete and innovative solutions for the smart management of electricity produced offshore on the Centrale Nantes test site, SEM-REV. The selected projects focus on new energy storage solutions, multi-use offshore platforms, onshore uses and the development of an underwater hub...
  • The ISIS-CFD calculation code developed in the LHEEA in use again for the America's Cup!
    September 22, 2020
    The 36th edition of the America's Cup will take place from 6 to 21 March 2021 in Auckland. In order to optimize the aerodynamics of the boats and the hydrodynamics of the foils, the teams are using numerical modeling software.
  • Rogue waves form from random waves - tests in the towing tank
    September 15, 2020
    Rogue waves are very powerful ocean waves, which can form on both calm and rough seas. This sudden and unpredictable phenomenon may be rare, but it needs to be studied. It has recently been the subject of joint collaboration between researchers from Centrale Nantes - via the LHEEA - the CNRS and the universities of Paris and Lille. Tests in wave tanks have shown that a set of random waves can also provoke the formation of rogue waves, thus providing better understanding.
  • LHEEA test facilities & Centrale Nantes campus virtual tour
    September 7, 2020
    ImageInCentrale is a virtual tour of the Centrale Nantes campus including the LHEEA test facilities.
  • Two SEM-REV speakers at FOWT 2020
    September 7, 2020 - September 9, 2020
    The FOWT (Floating Offshore Wind Turbines) 2020 Conference is held Marseille (7 & 8 September, and broadcast live) and by video-conference (9 September).
  • PhD Defense - Marco CASTAGNA - ED SPI
    July 9, 2020
    PhD Defense, Marco CASTAGNA : at 2 pm on Thursday 9 July by videoconference.
  • OceanDEMO call 3 user workshop
    June 30, 2020
    This webinar will take place on June 30, 2020 from 15:00 to 16:30.
  • Ginevra Rubino receives the "Fall 2020 NATO AVT Young Contributor Award"
    June 19, 2020
    The LHEEA is pleased to announce that the "NATO Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel Awards Committee" has awarded Ms. Ginevra Rubino with the "Fall 2020 NATO AVT Young Contributor Award" for her overall research work on NATO AVT collaborative research projects.
  • MARINE ENERGY ALLIANCE call #2 awarded
    June 18, 2020
    Marine Energy Alliance has reached a new milestone in june by awarding services to 23 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its Second Call for Applications.
  • The engine test benches are back in gear
    June 12, 2020
    Like the other test facilities at Centrale Nantes, the engine test benches had to put their testing on hold in March 2020.
  • Testing back on track in the LHEEA wind tunnels!
    June 9, 2020
    An update on wind tunnel testing in the LHEEA.
  • Are renewable energies the solution? A web conference by Centrale Nantes
    June 2, 2020
    Given Centrale Nantes' dual vocation of training and research, the school strives to disseminate knowledge as widely as possible. Aurélien Babarit, research engineer at LHEEA* and specialist in Marine Renewable Energy, talks online about one of Centrale Nantes' 3 strategic themes: energy transition.
  • Ocean Demo third call to focus on progression towards multi device installations
    June 2, 2020
    The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project opened its 3rd call today. Successful applicants will receive free access to test their ocean energy products and services in real sea environments at the project’s network of test centres.
  • ESR 5 position still open at Centrale Nantes
    May 20, 2020 - July 1, 2020
    Following the announcement of the 2nd call for applicants, Centrale Nantes opens the ESR5 position for application, until the 1st of July.
  • PhD defense - Sajad Mozaffari - ED SPI
    May 18, 2020
    You are cordially invited to attend the Ph.D. defense by Sajad Mozaffari on the subject "Adaptive Grid Refinement for Hybrid RANS/LES".
  • Research collaboration between the LHEEA (Centrale Nantes/CNRS), CRITTM2A and Gamma Technologies
    May 6, 2020
    The CRITT M2A Electrical Test Centre started work on the PEGAS²E (Energy Performance, Management and Autonomy of Electrical Storage Systems) four-year research programme on October 1st 2019.
  • PhD Defense - Antoine SOULIER - ED SPI
    April 27, 2020
    "Caractérisation du fonctionnement aérodynamique du e-Penon, capteur pour les pales d'éoliennes."
    (Aerodynamic characterization of a sensor (e-penon) for the analysis and control of the state of turbulent flow on an aerodynamic surface).
  • The LHEEA is looking for a Post-Doct for the WIND2SIM project
    April 7, 2020
    The topic of this post-doc is: "Turbulent boundary condition for floating offshore wind turbine simulation: coupling wind tunnel data to aeroelastic codes"
  • The LHEEA is recruiting a PhD student for a thesis on: "Turbocharger turbine modeling at off-design operating conditions"
    April 7, 2020
    Turbocharging allows using engines in better operating conditions and reducing polluting emissions including carbon dioxide. The use of a turbocharger requires knowledge of the functioning of each of its elements, in particular the turbine, in the manufacturer’s map area but also outside this area, at off-design conditions, in particular to calculate the efficiency.
  • Ocean DEMO call 2 awards support to ten technology developers
    April 2, 2020
    The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project has awarded recommendations for support to ten offshore renewable energy developers under its 2nd call. The awards will support developers on their path to commercialisation and ease the transition of ocean energy towards multi-device farms by providing free access to open sea test sites.
  • Record monthly production for Floatgen in February
    March 12, 2020
    Confirming the outstanding production and availability numbers recorded throughout 2019, the 2 MW Floatgen floating offshore wind turbine, equipped with Ideol’s patented floating foundation and installed on the Sem-Rev test site (Atlantic Coast of France), achieved a new record monthly production in February.
  • 1st FLOAWER event
    March 9, 2020
    On March 3 and 4, Centrale Nantes hosted the first FLOAWER event. Gathering around 40 people, it was the perfect opportunity to meet all the different partners of the project.
  • Accreditation to Supervise Research Antoine Ducoin - Online video
    March 9, 2020
    On November 22th, 2019, Antoine Ducoin (H2i team) defended his HDR (accreditation to supervise research) on "Contributions to the hydro-elastic study of flexible blades under unsteady loadings".
  • First LiDAR measurement campaign underway at Penn-Avel
    February 28, 2020
    The scanning LiDAR, a wind measurement instrument recently acquired by the LHEEA (summer 2019, funding from the region, ERDF, PIA), was installed on the terrace of the seafront villa in Penn Avel park on the Croisic site on 28 October 2019.
  • Accreditation to Supervise Research Guillaume Oger - Online video
    February 26, 2020
    On July 05th, 2019, Guillaume Oger (H2i team) defended his HDR on the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) and Finite Volumes methods for the simulation of complex flows.
  • Towing tank tests for the FARWIND project
    February 25, 2020
    Testing has been carried out in the Centrale Nantes towing tank to characterize a CRUISING hydrogenerator, as part of EMO (LHEEA) team's work on the FARWIND project.
  • Launch of VAMOS/FLOTEOLE, a Franco-German research project for deep-water offshore wind energy
    February 17, 2020
    Offshore wind is taking the next step: floating foundations for deeper waters are becoming a tested and proven technology. How can we further reduce their cost to accelerate their deployment?
  • "MERS", the first Carnot institute for ocean research
    February 14, 2020
    The MERS Carnot Institute (Marine Engineering Research for sustainable, safe and smart Seas) was one of 37 Carnot Institutes to be granted official certification on 7 February for a period of 4 years. Its ambition is to boost collaboration between companies and research laboratories to develop sustainable and ocean-friendly maritime activities.
  • Accreditation to Supervise Research Jeroen Wackers - Online video
    February 3, 2020
    On November 19th, 2019, Jeroen Wackers (METHRIC team) defended his HDR on adaptive grid refinement for the simulation of complex flows.
  • Blue-GIFT opens 2nd call for applications
    January 20, 2020
    The Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project is pleased to announce the 2nd call for applications that will open on the 20th of January 2020. The call will close on the 30th of April 2020 at 17:00 UTC. Applications can benefit from an early assessment if the test plan requires a starting date on Q1 & Q2 2020.
  • Floatgen achieves a total of 6 GWh of power production in 2019
    January 17, 2020
    Following very encouraging initial results communicated last July, the 2 MW Floatgen floating wind turbine, equipped with Ideol’s patented floating foundation and installed on the Centrale Nantes Offshore test site Sem-Rev (Atlantic Coast of France), exceeded production and availability expectations in the second half of 2019.
  • Marine Energy Alliance opens second call for applications
    January 6, 2020
    The aim of MEA is to progress the technical and commercial maturity level of early-stage (TRL 3 – 4) marine energy technology companies with the overall goal of reducing the risk of device failure in subsequent demonstration phases.
  • The LHEEA is recruiting a Hydrodynamic Engineer (m/f)
    January 6, 2020
    The advertised position is within the Hydrodynamic, Energetic and AtmosphericEnvironment Research Laboratory (LHEEA), whose missions include development of marine renewable energy, human and environmental safety in marine activities,reduction of polluting emissions associated with marine and terrestrial transport, and urban air quality. The position is attached to LHEEA’s hydrodynamic and oceanengineering tank (BHGO).
  • Ocean DEMO Access: 2nd Call for Applications
    January 2, 2020
    The main objective of Ocean DEMO (Demonstration Programme for Ocean Energy Pilot Farms and Supporting Technologies) is to help North West Europe enterprises working in low carbon technology to accelerate their transition from single prototype to multi-device farms by providing free access to world-leading test centres.

Published on March 29, 2017 Updated on April 23, 2020