French environment, energy, and maritime affairs minister Marie-Ségolène Royal has inaugurated the EDF Paimpol-Bréhat tidal-turbine project's second 10m diameter DCNS OpenHydro tidal turbine in Brest.
This follows the installation of the first turbine in January, which is connected to a General Electric-developed common underwater converter designed to produce and transport direct current to the coast.
The second turbine is set to undergo mechanical and electrical performance tests before being installed on the sea bed at a depth of almost 40m.
DCNS chairman and CEO Hervé Guillou said: "The development of tidal-turbine technologies represents an extraordinary opportunity to capitalise on DCNS's industrial know-how.
"We have the good fortune of receiving support of the French government and local authorities for our projects and in particular for that of the Paimpol-Bréhat farm, which will allow us to validate the economic model for tidal-turbine farms.
"To ensure that a veritable tidal-turbine industrial sector can emerge, we have already announced our desire to see the publication within the next few months of a governmental call for tender for commercial farms, which will provide us with the required visibility to guarantee that France occupies first place in the global race for the development of this new market."
The two turbines will be connected to the power network in the summer of this year.
Image: French Minister Marie-Ségolène Royal alongside the EDF Paimpol-Bréhat tidal-turbine project's second DCNS OpenHydro tidal turbine in Brest. Photo: courtesy of DCNS.