THeoREM - News and Events

  • THeoREM at Seanergy 2021
    September 14, 2021
    TheoREM will attend the Seanergy 2021 exhibition in Nantes.
  • Presentation of the Marine Data Toolbox ResourceCODE at EWTEC 2021
    September 2, 2021
    IFREMER and Centrale Nantes to present the ResourceCODE Marine Data Toolbox at the EWTEC 2021 Conference
  • New MaRINET2 testing programme with Cardiff University (UK) at the Boulogne sur Mer facility
    August 25, 2021
    The testing campaign conducted as part of the MaRINET2 Transnational Access programme at the IFREMER wave and current flume in Boulogne sur Mer, aims at providing datasets for the characterisation of the wake of a 3-blade horizontal axis current turbine under various flow conditions.
  • Ocean DEMO opens 4th call, be part of our success
    June 4, 2021 - September 10, 2021
    The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project 4th call opens on 4 June 2021. 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.
  • LHEEA and Ifremer partner up for a research project on tidal turbines
    May 5, 2021
    A joint LHEEA and IFREMER test programme was carried out to assess the influence of the proximity of a tidal turbine's mast on the forces applied to the rotor. These tests are seen as a bridge between many research and teaching activities.
  • Visit of Jean Castex, Prime Minister, to the Ifremer Center, near Brest
    February 12, 2021
    Prime Minister, Jean Castex, visited the IFREMER center in Brittany on February 6, 2021.
  • Discover THeoREM, the network of test facilities for Hydrodynamics and Marine Renewable Energy, on vidéo!
    February 3, 2021
    Centrale Nantes, Ifremer and University Gustave Eiffel are bringing together their hydrodynamics and mechanical test facilities, to carry out research activities and collaborative projects with French and international companies.
  • Floatgen breaks new records in 2020
    February 1, 2021
    Floatgen, the 2 MW floating wind turbine, installed on the Centrale Nantes offshore test site, SEM-REV (off Le Croisic), produced 14% more power in 2020 than in 2019, reaching an annual total of 6.8 GWh.
  • EOLINK's latest-generation floating wind turbine to be tested on Centrale Nantes’ SEM-REV offshore test site
    December 11, 2020
    On 3 December, the company EOLINK and Centrale Nantes formally agreed to install a 5MW floating wind turbine on the SEM-REV test site, off the coast from Le Croisic. Since hosting FLOATGEN, the first floating wind turbine in France on site from 2018, Centrale Nantes is pushing ahead and is set to welcome EOLINK shortly with its innovative and promising wind turbine prototype.
  • A look back at the SOFTWIND project
    December 9, 2020
    The SOFTWIND project, run by Centrale Nantes, and more specifically its LHEEA and LS2N laboratories, and the company D-ICE, allows for small-scale wave-tank testing of wind turbines by overcoming the incompatibility between hydrodynamic and aerodynamic scaling.We take a look back at this project with some footage of the testing in the Centrale Nantes hydrodynamic and ocean engineering tank and interviews:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ResourceCODE: First year of hindcast produced
    September 23, 2020
    IFREMER and Centrales Nantes are both partners of the European project ResourceCODE (Ocean Energy Era-Net Cofund) which aims at developing a specific platform dedicated to resource assessment and design and optimisation of Offshore Renewable Energy converters. This platform combines an high resolution wave hindcast database and a statistical analysis toolbox made available through a dedicated web portal designed so as to facilitate data access and processing.
  • Offshore operations over the summer
    September 9, 2020
    Numerous offshore operations are undertaken at SEM-REV during the spring and summer months. It is during this period that the weather conditions are more favourable, allowing work to be carried out efficiently and safely.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • RESOURCECODE Project Meeting
    February 4, 2020
    The Ocean Energy Era-Net Cofund RESOURCECODE project partners met at Centrale Nantes on 4 February 2020 for a progress meeting to review implementation of the hindcast wave database, which is due to be integrated into the RESOURCECODE Marine Data Toolbox.
  • LDV 3D point measurements in 2020 in the Ifremer wave-current flume tank!
    February 3, 2020
    In December 2019, a new three-component laser velocimetry (LDV) was installed in the Ifremer wave-current flume tank.
  • THeoREM Workshop at Centrale Nantes on 29-30 January 2020
    January 29, 2020 - January 30, 2020
    THeoREM's scientific and technical teams met at Centrale Nantes on 29-30 January 2020 for a technical workshop to discuss experimental tools and methods for hydrodynamic testing.
  • 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.
  • Ifremer Post-Doctoral position: Numerical study of VAWT for floating application
    December 19, 2019
    The main goal of this postdoctoral position is to develop tools dedicated to VAWT to simulate the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic behavior of a FOWT with a vertical axis rotor.
  • THeoREM facilities involved in the MaRINET2 floating offshore wind Round Robin programme
    December 12, 2019
    The second leg of the trials for the MaRINET2 ( ) Offshore Wind Round Robin testing program to be conducted at IFREMER’s Wave tank is now ongoing.
  • THeoREM and HydroQuest working together on the WindQuest wind turbine project
    September 10, 2019
    Developing technologies tailored to conditions of the marine environment requires a lot of testing. For its vertical-axis floating wind turbine project, HydroQuest is making use of the offshore and tank test facilities within the THeoREM research infrastructure. A partnership with benefits for both parties!
  • The IHES Consortium led by GEPS Techno installs the wave energy recovery prototype WAVEGEM® on the Centrale Nantes offshore test site
    August 26, 2019
    On Wednesday 21 August 2019, the WAVEGEM wave energy recovery platform was installed on Centrale Nantes' SEM-REV site, kicking off 18 months of offshore testing.
  • Free access to THeoREM facilities
    August 15, 2019
    MaRINET2 (Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network) is an European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme) funded initiative.
  • The WindQuest floating wind turbine in testing in Brest: a vertical axis, a smaller and cheaper float
    July 15, 2019
    The Ifremer test centre in Brest is hosting new tests until 19 July for the WindQuest wind turbine developed by HydroQuest. With a vertical axis, this wind turbine could, according to preliminary estimates, be installed on a float that is 40% smaller than that of a conventional horizontal axis floating wind turbine. An innovation that would reduce manufacturing costs.
  • Live weather data from the offshore test site
    July 10, 2019
    SEM-REV, Centrale Nantes' offshore test site, which has been in place for over ten years now, continues to develop its operational and research tools. You can now consult the metocean data recorded at the offshore site located 10 nautical miles from Le Croisic and in the surrounding area.
  • THeoREM facilities involved in the MaRINET2 floating offshore wind Round Robin programme
    July 2, 2019
    The first trials of the Offshore Wind Round Robin testing program of the MaRINET ( project have been conducted.
  • First Resourcecode steering meeting
    June 13, 2019
    Partners of the Resourcecode project gathered at the IFREMER Bretagne center on June 13th 2019 to hold the first Resourcecode steering meeting.
  • Technical and Scientific Workshop 2018
    November 26, 2018
    The first THeoREM technical and scientific workshop was held on 22 and 23 November at the Ifremer site in Brest. It brought together the Ifremer and Centrale Nantes teams, which operate the hydrodynamic test facilities located in Boulogne, Brest, Nantes and Le Croisic.
  • THeoREM, MaRINET2 project partner
    October 31, 2018
    MaRINET2 (Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network) is an initiative funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 program)
  • THeoREM attending the "Rendez-Vous Carnot" 2018
    October 1, 2018
    "Les rendez-vous Carnot" will be held on 17/18 October 2018 in Lyon Convention Centre. The event is designed for businesses of all sizes to meet major players in R&D and make their projects a reality.
  • Centrale Nantes hosts the third foresea test on its offshore test site
    September 25, 2018
    On 4 and 5 August, FMGC installed the cast iron shells (IBOCS) - developed to ballast subsea electrical cables - at a depth of 30 metres on the Centrale Nantes SEM-REV offshore test site.
  • FWP technical visit of the SEM-REV site
    September 13, 2018
    The third annual Floating Wind Power (FWP) Atlantic Forum, sponsored by its institutional partners - Brittany and the Pays de la Loire region– will be held from 19 to 21 September 2018.Centrale Nantes is co-organising the forum's technical visits, since the morning of the 21st September is set aside for a visit onboard ship of the Centrale Nantes SEM-REV offshore test site. SEM-REV is also one of test facilitiesTHeoREM research infrastructure.
  • JOB OFFER : Ocean Engineer at IFREMER
    July 2, 2018 - July 31, 2018
    The LCSM laboratory operates test basins in Brest and Boulogne-sur-Mer for hydrodynamic studies or qualification assessments. These experimental facilities are used for internal or external applications in cooperation with academics, SMEs, TPE, ETI or large groups.
  • JOB OFFER : Physical Measurement Engineer at IFREMER
    July 2, 2018 - July 17, 2018
    In the LCSM laboratory, the recruited engineer will be placed under the hierarchical responsibility of the laboratory manager and assigned to the Brest ocean basin. He / she will contribute to research activities combining experimental modeling in national or international projects for subjects of surface hydrodynamics in general and secondly to the provision of experimental means for internal or external applications.
  • MET-CERTIFIED organises a visit to the IFREMER test facility in Boulogne-sur-Mer on 15/06
    June 15, 2018
    ICOE is taking place in Cherbourg, France from 12 to 14 June 2018. MET-CERTIFIED is offering an added bonus: a visit to the IFREMER test facility in Boulogne-sur-Mer on 15 June.
  • THeoREM present at Seanergy/ICOE 2018
    June 12, 2018 - June 14, 2018
    ICOE and SEANERGY team up in 2018 to hold the world's biggest event in Marine Energies in Cherbourg, Normandy – France, from 12 to 14 June.
  • MARINERG-i Science Plan & Design Study Workshop
    June 7, 2018 - June 8, 2018
    IFREMER is organizing the MARINERG-i Science Plan & Design Study Workshop on 7-8 June 2018.
  • Open day for Marine Renewable Energies
    May 25, 2018
    The ocean test facilities of Centrale Nantes will be open to the public on Friday 25 May as part of the Renewable Energy Days.
  • THeoREM listed on the 2018 national research infrastructure roadmap
    May 17, 2018
    The THeoREM research infrastructure - a network of test facilities for hydrodynamics and Marine Renewable Energies, supported by Ifremer and Centrale Nantes - joined the research infrastructure roadmap of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in 2018.
  • Centrale Nantes welcomes 'Acoustics of the SEA' - the first project selected by the FORESEA programme - to its offshore test site.
    April 19, 2018
    On Thursday 12 April, Centrale Nantes installed a demonstrator, which aims to characterize underwater ambient noise, on its offshore test site, SEM-REV. This is part of the Acoustics of the SEA (SEAc) project developed by Nereis Environnement.
  • Floatgen produces its first KWs
    December 21, 2017
    The Floatgen wind turbine, currently docked in the port of Saint-Nazaire before being towed offshore, produced its first electrons on Thursday 14 December.
Published on June 1, 2018 Updated on March 19, 2021