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Technical Visits

To end your trip to Normandy with a global view on the territory’s projects and capabilities, we invite you to attend one of the two technical following visits on June 14th. Departure will be organized from the Cité de la Mer, straight after the end of the conferences:

Thursday June 14th – 2 :30PM – 5PM

Additional visits are organized on June 15th, scroll down to have a look at what’s going on!

These visits are free but registration is mandatory and number of participants per visit is limited.
Please register before June 8th


The Port Authority of Normandy will coordinate a visit of Cherbourg port’s infrastructures, facilities and factories, OpenHydro (Naval Energies) and CMN. 

The visit will start with a bus tour in the Port of Cherbourg, presenting infrastructures and equipment recently set up. A final stop at the Belvedere will allow LM Wind Power to present its factory and activities. Then, participants will be driven to CMN’s shipyard where Hydroquest/CMN tidal turbines are being built, and to OpenHydro’s factory where the assembly process of Naval Energies-OpenHydro turbines will be presented.

Please note that this technical visit could last until 5:30pm depending on the number of participants.


Enedis is the French service for electricity distribution in France. Enedis is in charge of every electricity connection for projects below 50kV and is thus the company responsible for connecting tidal pilot farms to shore at the Raz Blanchard. Participants will get the opportunity to go to the area where cables will be landed and to have an insight on how works will be conducted and how the social acceptance of this project in a very sensitive environment has been successful. An application loaded on tablets and masks will show the different works that will be conducted on site, from the tidal farm to the electrical transformer station.

Partitipants of this technical visit will also get the opportunity to go to the Jobourg Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC). Under the autorithy of the Maritime Prefect of Cherbourg, Jobourg MRCC is a decentralized service of the French department of Maritime Affairs (DAM).
Jobourg MRCC deals with 900 emergency calls a year from fishing and merchant vessels as well from pleasure craft and those practicing water sports. In the context of the development of marine energy projects in the Channel, MRCC will adapt its cooperation methods and  rescue technics to fit with the needs of the industry

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On 15 June, the MET-CERTIFIED project is organizing a site visit to the test facilities of IFREMER in Boulogne-sur-Mer (FR).   The test tank in Boulogne-sur-Mer can evaluate the behavior of objects in currents or in movement at significant speeds on scale models (or full-scale if the object is small), bottom towed (fishing) gear, propelled or moored devices, fully immersed or buoyant (seismic instruments). In the field of marine renewable energies, the tank is particularly adapted for testing underwater turbines. The test tank in Boulogne-sur-Mer is equipped with a wide panel of accurate measuring instruments specific to hydrodynamics that can record the main mechanical stresses acting on the tested objects as well as monitor and visualise flow and the dynamic behavior of the model (2D laser Doppler 2D velocimetry, 2D particle image velocimetry, multi-component strain gauge balances, 3D air-water trajectometry system, hexapod).

IFREMER is a partner in the MET-CERTIFIED project (www.met-certified.eu), an Interreg 2 Seas project that aims for the development of International Standards and Certification Schemes for Marine Energy Technologies.

In the project, IFREMER wishes to promote expertise and to improve R&D competencies in hydrodynamic studies on marine current turbines. The ability to conduct scale testing in the IFREMER wave and current flume tank under international standards and to help for the development of the certification scheme is also of high interest.  IFREMER is in charge of the four experimental trials on tidal energy devices. During these tests the IEC Tidal Scale testing procedures will be applied and evaluated for verification of scale testing standards for controlled conditions and its use to predict performance at higher TRLs in open water.

Detailed program:

  • 13h45: arrival, coffee/thee
  • 14h: introduction on the MET-CERTIFIED project (Pieter Mathys, business developer MET-CERTIFIED)
  • 14h15: introduction on IFREMER (Gregory Germain, RDT/LCSM – Marine Structures Laboratory, In charge of IFREMER Wave and Current Flume Tank)
  • 14h45: tour in the test facilities
  • 16h30: end of tour

The visit is free of charge but registrations are mandatory and can be done via this link.
For more information, please contact dominique.dhondt@ugent.be.

These visits are free but registration is mandatory and number of participants per visit is limited.
Please register before June 8th