France / Tidal Stream Industry Energiser Project (TIGER)
Interreg France (Channel) England Programme has approved the biggest ever Interreg project that will prove to be game-changing for the European tidal stream energy sector. The Tidal Stream Industry Energiser Project, known as TIGER, is an ambitious €45.4m project, of which €29.9m (66%) comes from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme.
The TIGER project will build cross-border partnerships to develop new technologies, test and demonstrate them at a number of locations around the Channel region, and use the learning from this development to make a stronger, cost-effective case for tidal energy as part of the France/UK energy mix.
The project aims to deliver new designs for improved performance and lower cost turbines, as well as associated infrastructure and ancillary equipment. The TIGER project was launched in October 2019 and will be completed in 2023.
The TIGER project will demonstrate that tidal stream energy (TSE) is a maturing industry, capable of achieving an accelerated cost reduction pathway. The project will position the Channel region at the heart of the sector by:
- Addressing technology challenges
- Building supply chain
- Switching on new sites
- Installing new turbines
The project aims to drive the growth of tidal stream energy by installing up to 8 MW of new tidal capacity at sites in and around the Channel region thus driving innovation and the development of new products and services.
Minesto's Role in the Project
Minesto will, as part of the wider ERDF funded project utilse a grant of approximately 2.4M EUROS to manufacture, install and operate a Minesto Deep Green Micro Grid marine energy converter at the grid-connected Paimpol–Bréhat tidal site off the coast of Brittany, France.
The site operated by the electric utility company EDF and developed in conjunction with SEENEOH will enable Minesto to demonstrate its innovative technology off the European Atlantic coastline – with its substantial tidal resource to contribute to the development of Tidal Stream Energy in the Chanel region as well as contributing to the common global goal of transitioning to renewable energy systems.
About Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme
The Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme is an EU programme that funds projects that benefit the Channel area in the south of the UK and north of France, using European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding. The programme awards funding to projects whose partners work together for solutions to shared challenges in the Channel area.
The programme aim is to increase the development and uptake of existing or new low-carbon technologies in sectors that have the highest potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information on the TIGER project, please visit: https://interregtiger.com/