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  1. France inaugurates Le Croisic MHK test site

    On Aug. 25, France officially inaugurated the Site d’ Experimentation en Mer (SEM-REV) at Le Croisic, Brittany, France on the country’s west coast. The site will test marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems and floating wind turbines in open sea conditions. Beginning this September, three different MHK energy technologies are scheduled for testing at the site , located 12 nautical miles off Le Croisic . SEM-REV offers a restricted area connected to the mainland grid via an 8-MW cable and a set of environmental monitoring instruments. Four test slots are connected to a central subsea hub and environmental and system operational control data are transmitted in real time through optical fiber. Engineering university Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) monitors SEM-REV operations from a station in Le Croisic, in coordination with France Energies Marines, through France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). SEM-REV is part of CNRS-aligned experimental facilities developed to validate and optimize MHK devices and floating wind turbines in open sea conditions. SEM-REV is also one of the test sites coordinated by France Energies Marines. According to SEM-REV, the site would also test materials and equipment for mooring, umbilical and monitoring systems for use by MHK technologies. The site’s specific research programs focus on environmental impact, safety and security assessments, and could also be used to test deployment and maintenance procedures.  

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    Fri, 28 Aug 2015

  2. France's VNF awards contract for Plancher-Bas Dam rehabilitation

    France's navigable waterways agency, Voies Navigables de France (VNF), has awarded a contract to the consortium Groupement Peduzzi/Rouby/Gomez to rehabilitate the Plancher-Bas Dam on the Rahin River in France .

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    Tue, 17 Feb 2015

  3. France municipality seeks dam safety work on Meurthe River

    The municipality of Greater Nancy seeks bids for engineering services to provide dam safety diagnosis and instrumentation of dams on the Meurthe River in France .

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    Tue, 28 Jan 2014

  4. Fortum, DCNS, AW-Energy sign agreement for wave energy project in France

    A research and development agreement signed by Fortum, DCNS and AW-Energy will lead to a new 1.5 MW wave energy project off the Brittany coast in northwest France .

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    Thu, 19 Sep 2013

  1. Organizations teaming up for marine energy research in France's Basse-Normandie region

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    Thu, 10 Apr 2014

  2. Sea tests begin for first unit of France's 8-MW Paimpol-Brehat tidal

    Electricite de France (EDF) and Irish tidal power developer OpenHydro Group Ltd. announced the start of sea testing for the first unit of France's 8-MW Paimpol-Brehat tidal power project, on France's northern Brittany coast.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2011

  3. France's EDF awards contract for concrete repairs at Chambon Dam

    Electricite de France (EDF) has awarded a contract to Bouygues Travaux Publics Regions France to rehabilitate concrete at the Chambon Dam on the Romanche River in eastern France .

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    Mon, 10 Dec 2012

  4. France's CNR renews call for 700-kW fishway generator at 60-MW Sauveterre hydro project

    Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) has renewed a call for bids to supply hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment for a fish passage structure and 700-kW mini-hydro plant at the 60-MW Sauveterre hydropower project on France's Rhone River.

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    Mon, 11 Mar 2013

  5. Electricite de France becomes latest to adopt IHA hydroelectric protocol

    Efforts by the International Hydropower Association at the 6th World Water Forum have led to an announcement by Electricite de France confirming the utility's commitment to using and integrating IHA's Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

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    Mon, 19 Mar 2012

  6. Rouby of Cognac wins bid for work at France's 5.9-MW Panneciere hydroelectric project

    Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium has awarded a contract to Rouby of Cognac for work at the 5.9-MW Panneciere hydropower plant on France's Yonne River.

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    Mon, 29 Oct 2012

  7. Modernizations under way at France's 5-MW Pont Baldy hydropower plant

    Energie Developpement Services du Brianconnais (EDSB) is modernizing its 5-MW Pont Baldy hydroelectric plant in Briancon, France .

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    Tue, 23 Oct 2012

  8. France gives major boost to UN Watercourses Convention

    France is set to become the 20th country to sign up to an international convention governing the use and protection of rivers and lakes crossing or forming international boundaries, Green Cross International reported.

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    Mon, 7 Jun 2010

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