Enedis, the leading European electricity distributor, is supporting ICOE 2018 and will be present on stand C323. Register today ans meet them on-site!
Philippe DRILLON – Communication Manager
What brings you to Seanergy / ICOE ? Why did you choose to support the event ?
With over 600 kilometers of coastline and the presence of very strong sea currents, Normandy has many advantages for the development of renewable energies, especially for marine renewable energies. To ensure a permanent balance between the intermittent production of these equipments and consumption, the electricity grid is at the heart of the energy transition. The project to install an experimental fleet of tidal turbines in the Raz Blanchard near Cherbourg is an opportunity for Enedis to show its know-how in terms of connection and the techniques used to respect the environment of this exceptional site. It is in this context that Enedis wished to support this important event which will enable it to exchange with specialists from the field from around the world.
You connect French offshore projects, what’s the status of your actions in the connection of Normandy Hydro, long-awaited project of a pilot farm at Raz Blanchard, a few kilometers from Cherbourg?
The construction of this experimental park follows a call for projects from the French government. EDF Energies Nouvelles will do it. Enedis will perform the landing (connection between marine and terrestrial cables) at the beach of Ecalgrain Bay, then the connection network to a metering point. In 2016 this project was the subject of a public inquiry, after which a favorable opinion was delivered. To date, studies are continuing and implementation will take place as soon as the administrative authorizations have been given.
What are your development perspectives in the MRE industry?
Given these public service missions framed by the law in France, Enedis can not be an operator developing marine renewable energies. As manager of the public electricity grid in the tension of its competence (400 KV to 20 000 KV), Enedis supports all the projects of electricity production from renewable energies, in particular for connection to the network. The challenge for Enedis is to constantly adapt and modernize the electricity grid, in particular to make it more “smart”, in order to welcome all new producers in the best conditions.