Offshore Renewables in Brittany
While it has been acknowledged that the EU has become a world leader in blue energy, with 90% of offshore wind energy turbines in the world located in EU waters, there is still the need for increased effort in research and development for new technologies in the marine renewable energy sector. In France, after important investments in renewable energy decades ago (e.g. a 265 MW tidal plant built in the 1960s), only a 2MW of offshore wind power has been installed to date. The case study will analyse the development of marine energy in France with a focus on Brittany, and aims to investigate the reasons behind slow growth in offshore wind power development. The study will make an inventory of opportunities and obstacles to marine renewables projects in France and use the results to define a future blue growth pathway for marine renewable energy developments in Brittany. This case study is being led by IFREMER.