The “Nemo” project, DCNS, by Akuo Energy to capture ocean thermal energy and the Franco-German “Geostras” FONROCHE on deep geothermal energy are the two French winners of the call for proposals “NER 300” the European Commission on renewable energy.

Ségolène Royal announced that it will incorporate these new technologies calls for projects territories to positive energies.

European funds “NER 300” (New Entrant Reserve 300) is a tool for financing demonstration projects in the areas of CO2 capture and storage and renewables. Established in 2008 under the French Presidency in the 3rd energy-climate package, it has a funding of over € 2 billion.

The selection of the winning projects was carried out in the framework of two calls for proposals.

After the first call for proposals , two French projects were selected in December 2012 in the fields of floating wind turbines (“VertiMED” EDF EN) and 2nd generation biofuels (“UPM Stracel BtL” UPM).

Under the second call for proposals, France submitted in July 2013 four projects to the European Commission on the turbines (“NormandieHydro” EDF EN and “Tritons” GDF SUEZ), the ocean thermal energy ( “Nemo”, Akuo Energy), and a Franco-German project of deep geothermal (“Geostras” Fonroche Goethermie).

The selection of these two new projects “Nemo” and “Geostras” allows winners awarded by France to receive 89 million euros in European subsidies.

Calls on both projects NER 300, the four winners will total French European subsidies of €292 million, of which €169 mln for UPM Stracel, €34 mln for VertiMED, €72 mln for Nemo, €17 mln for Geostras.

The turbines’ NormandieHydro “and” Tritons “projects were not selected on the main list of winners.

“A wide range of renewable energy is now covered, showing the diversity of national expertise, and the ability of France to project into a new energy paradigm in the service of the fight against climate change,” concluded the Minister Energy in a statement.

Focus on NEMO

Nemo is a pilot floating platform of electricity production, with a capacity of 16 MW. It is based on an innovative technology by operating thermal energy (OTEC), whose industrial prospects are promising to ensure energy independence of ultra-marine territories.

The project will produce carbon-based, predictable and non-intermittent electricity at competitive costs for an insular area.

Focus on Geostras

GEOSTRAS will be made on the permit Exclusive Research (PER) in Strasbourg with a strong Franco-German industrial partnership.

With this project, Fonroche wants to optimize the soft methods of production of the geothermal reservoir in particular through improved architecture wells, critical issues of social acceptability in peri-urban areas.

Geothermal energy recovery area is the second issue of GEOSTRAS project, especially technological progress generator cycle and recovery of low temperatures with a potential of 6.7 MWe gross and about 35 MWth.

In terms of employment opportunities, it is a turnover for the sector accumulated over 1000 ME and the creation of approximately 8,000 jobs (direct and indirect) that are listed in 10 years.

This project is the continuation of the Franco-German partnership launched in the Soultz-sous-Forêts project (1987) and the launch of the Franco-German coordination in terms of energy transition.

At national level, the drilling will be done by Foragelec, a company which is a joint shareholder with Herrenknecht Vertical GmbH Fonroche Angers and Soehne GmbH.

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