France wave energy
The Minesto wave energy kite in action - Image credit: Minesto

Wave energy innovators Minesto have received approximately €2.4 million European Union funding to develop a tidal energy site in France.

Minesto has received approval for a grant to help it deploy its DG100 wave energy units at EDF’s grid-connected Paimpol-Bréhat test site as part of a wider EU-funded TIGER project.

The TIGER project has been developed to accelerate the deployment of tidal stream energy technology in France and the UK, bringing together 19 partners from industry and academia.

This will be the first time that such a significant number of influential developers and stakeholders has been brought together in a single project to deliver a range of outputs that will support the tidal energy industry’s future growth.

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Minesto’s CEO Dr Martin Edlund said: “The delivery of this project is in line with our product commercialisation roadmap. It will position Minesto in continental Europe and strengthen our relationship with one of the world’s largest power companies.

“It will also demonstrate Minesto’s Deep Green technology off the European Atlantic coastline, which is a substantial tidal resource neighbouring many countries, all with the common need to make the transition to renewable energy systems.”

Here’s a video from Minesto demonstrating the technology: