Research projects & collaboration

The LHEEA is involved in many research projects and collaborations.


The FORESEA project was launched to help enterprises test and demonstrate low carbon energy technologies in real sea environments at the following test infrastructures. SEM-REV participates in FORESEA alongside other European sites on the Atlantic coast with an international dimension: EMEC in Scotland, Smart Bay in Ireland and Tidal Testing Center in the Netherlands.
Two new technologies will already be tested at the SEM-REV sea site in 2017, developed by Geps Techno and Pytheas Technology.


MaRINET2 aims to help industry accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries, including the hydrodynamics and ocean engineering tank (HOET) and the sea test site SEMREV, both run by the LHEEA from Centrale Nantes.


Today, FLOATGEN is the only offshore wind turbine, fixed and floating together, to be installed in France. The project named Floatgen, managed by Ideol, Centrale Nantes and Bouygues TP is a 2 MW floating wind turbine and is the first offshore wind turbine in France.

Construction work on the floating foundation took place between 2016 and 2017 in Saint Nazaire. It was inaugurated on 2017 October 13th and was installed on the Centrale Nantes offshore test site, SEM-REV, on April 2018 to perform all tests in real conditions. Since September 2018, the Floatgen wind turbine exporte kWh to the electricity grid.


SARAH (Increased Safety & Robust Certification for ditching of Aircrafts & Helicopters) is a Horizon 2020 collaborative project, aiming at establishing novel holistic, simulation-based approaches to the analysis of aircraft and helicopter ditching. The LHEEA is in charge of the one test campaign focused on helicopters, it will be carried out at the Ocean Tank.


The Marine Energy Alliance aims to progress the combined technical and commercial maturity level of 40 SMEs by delivering a suite of bespoke integrated technical and commercial services.

See also the research projects carried out by each team

Published on March 22, 2017 Updated on April 15, 2019