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Delegates are invited to meet and discuss with the poster presenters during the poster presentation sessions between 10:30-11:30 and 16:00-17:00 on Thursday, 19 November 2015.

Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Michel Boutet Regional Council of Brittany, France
Yvan GUITON (1) F
(1) Regional council of Brittany, RENNES, France

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Brittany Region: an experienced and long term institutional investor devoting resources to MRE market


Brittany has the greatest natural energy of Europe for the whole range of marine energy technologies (tidal, wave, fixed and floating wind).In parallel, Brittany is a very dependent area as regards the electric energy supply. She thus has the political will to increase and conquer her energy autonomy, in particular by exploiting the potential of the seas bordering it, potential which is one of most important of Europe.
Since 2010 Brittany region has decided to invest more than € M250 into Marine Renewable energy sector to ensure this new market development.


Brittany region intends to be one of the facilitators near the companies to reach MRE industrial development by investing into habour, training and education and R&D projects. Brittany region clearly wants to share risk with companies.

Main body of abstract

Brittany Region intends to contribute to the fight against climate change. As a truly maritime region, it is indeed in first line vis-a-vis the climatic disordered state and its consequences (supervening of stronger storms, coastal erosion, risks of marine immersion, modification of the ecosystems and their production capacity).

For this reason, Brittany region intends to be one of the facilitators near the companies to reach MRE development. Brittany develops as of now important harbour infrastructures (€M200) and invests both in the training and education and in SME support to establish the most favorable conditions to this promising and forward-looking sector. In the same way, it accompanies the projects leaders while taking care of the good articulation of the emergence of this new industry with the other economic or entertaining uses of the sea, and this within the framework of an expected sustainable development.
Lastly, the region set up, with the State, a maritime spatial planning which makes it possible to obtain a social acceptance of the projects and a compatibility between the various existing maritime uses


To take up this double challenge of a real energy autonomy and the involvement into climate change challenge, Brittany thus implies itself and invests in the development of renewable marine energies and in the planning of this new industrial sector emergence.

Learning objectives
Brittany region has clearly invested into marine renewable energies sector by combining several tools:
- financial investment into harbour facilities, traning and education and R&D.
- a dialogue conference gathering all regionalpublic and private stakeholders ensuring social acceptance by reaching agreement on issues such as locations for offshore facilities and respect of other sea users.
- maritime spatial planning policy

The combination of these complementary tools guarantees the most favourable conditions to the industrial development of marine renewable energies on Bretgane territory.