Sponsored by the Bretagne and the Pays de la Loire Regional Councils, the third annual Floating Wind Power (FWP) Atlantic Forum will be held from 19 to 21 September 2018.

The Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions combine all the ingredients for cultivating the successful emergence and growth of the burgeoning floating wind power industry: they draw on their geographical resources, industrial know-how, scientific and technological expertise and political investment.

Thus it is only natural that these French regions be at the heart of the development of floating wind power. And this sector is growing by the day. The first floating turbines were deployed in 2017 and 2018 from the ports of Saint Nazaire and Brest – one of the turbines has even been connected to the grid since April 2018.

The FWP Atlantic Forum has been designed as an immersive experience in the floating wind power sector, offering feedback and first-hand knowledge on the real issues encountered in the field. The technical and interactive workshops organised at project development sites provide the opportunity to connect with industry experts and discuss the technical challenges and technological barriers still to overcome.

In short, the FWP Atlantic Forum is the go-to event in the floating wind sector, organised by and for the industry.

Welcome to the Pays de la Loire and Bretagne regions, the showcase of floating wind power!

©Bretagne Regional Council/Emmanuel Pain

Brittany boasts of more than 2700 km of coastline, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the English Channel and its future is resolutely turned towards the sea. The Bretagne Regional Council is writing a new chapter in its maritime history at the Port of Brest, the maritime capital of Brittany and the western promontory of Europe. Works there are currently underway to develop of new area of 40 ha entirely dedicated to industrial activities related to marine energy, including those serving bottom-fixed and floating wind turbines, marine current power systems, etc. The schedule of works lined up will ensure that all sectors’ needs will be met. The Eolfi project will use this new expansion into the sea to deploy its floating wind turbines off the islands of Groix and Belle-Île.

Loïg Chesnais-Girard
President of the Bretagne Regional Council


© Region Pays de la Loire / Ouest Medias

Many industrial and professional stakeholders and local elected officials have expressed concern following the recent announcements from the national government regarding the future of offshore wind farms. Notwithstanding, the Pays de la Loire Region continues to confirm and pursue its proactive policy to promote the development of the marine renewable energy (MRE) sector. At stake are thousands of direct and indirect jobs as well as a successful transition to sustainable development that is already underway. With its venue located at the heart of the MRE industry and tradition, this new edition of the FWP Atlantic Forum is the ideal opportunity for the industrial sector and local governments to join forces and promote the switch to renewable energy.

Christelle Morançais
President of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council