France’s wind sector powers ahead at EWEA 2012

UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will welcome 35 companies on the French pavilion at EWEA 2012, the leading European event of its kind, organised by the European Wind Energy Association.
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April 5, 2012 - PRLog -- UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will welcome 35 companies on the French pavilion at EWEA 2012, the leading European event of its kind, organised by the European Wind Energy Association. EWEA 2012 will take place at the Bella Center in Copenhagen (Denmark), from 16 to 19 April 2012.

The 35 innovative companies on the French pavilion in Hall B, at EWEA 2012, in April of this year, will demonstrate their range of products and expertise. The pavilion has been organised by UBIFRANCE, in partnership with France Energie Eolienne, the wind-power branch of the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (i.e. France's renewable-energy trade association) and Windustry France, which unites more than 300 French wind-energy industrial stakeholders.

France has a number of significant natural advantages that are helping the country to establish itself as a major player in the wind-power industry: first of all, it has the second largest wind resource in Europe, after the UK; second, the French mainland has three coastlines; and, finally, the country boasts the world's second largest maritime area (when overseas territories are taken into account). The country’s wind-energy sector is already worth over €2 billion.

France’s R&D initiatives and industrial expertise mean that it is in a position to develop an innovative and powerful wind-energy sector. Its wind-energy sector currently employs 11,000 people — a number which is set to grow to 60,000 by 2020.

As of the end of December 2011, France’s total onshore installed capacity stood at 6,600 MW. This should reach 19,000 MW by 2020, with offshore capacity, for its part, reaching 6,000 MW. In 2011, the French government issued an initial invitation to tender for 3,000 MW, to be distributed across 500 to 600 wind turbines that will be built off the coastline, in the Channel, in the North Sea, and in the Atlantic Ocean.

French companies involved in the wind-energy sector are taking advantage of this favourable situation and are using the domestic market to develop expertise that has been acquired in other sectors, such as metallurgy, aerospace and shipbuilding. Also thanks to an array of initiatives being implemented by various regional bodies, France's wind-power sector has been expanding fast.

The following companies will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion. Further details are available on request.

ASTRIUM — high-performance composites.

BLUE WATER SHIPPING — logistics services for onshore and offshore projects.

BORDEAUX MARITIME PORT — logistics and industrial platform.

BRETAGNE POLE NAVAL — cluster of companies in naval sector and marine renewable energies.

CEOLE — construction of towers for wind turbines.

DCNS — submarines, surface vessels and marine renewable-energy solutions.

DEF — fire safety systems.

DELTA BOX — design and manufacturing of aircraft warning lights.

DOUCE HYDRO — small, medium-size and large hydraulic cylinders.

EPSILONE COMPOSITE — carbon-fibre pultruded profiles for various industrial sectors, including wind power.

ESI Group — virtual prototyping solutions for industry.

FIXATOR — platforms for maintaining wind-turbine blades and shafts, and hoists for lifting people.

FOURE LAGADEC — boiler works and essential components for wind turbines.

G-TEC — geotechnical engineering services, as well as marine-geophysical and marine-environmental surveys.

H2AIR — onshore wind farms.

IN VIVO — consultancy firm specialising in marine, coastal, and aquatic environments.

NAVALU — aluminium boats.

NEOPOLIA — renewable marine-energy subcontractors.

NETWIND — maintenance solutions for wind farms.

SIAG — towers, internal parts and steel-foundation components for onshore and offshore wind farms.

STX FRANCE (EUROPE) — shipbuilding group involved in renewable energies.

STX FRANCE SOLUTIONS — design of offshore-wind-farm and electricity-substation foundations.

VALOREM — development to construction, technical studies, and maintenance operations for renewable energies.

Win 1.0 (Wind Innovation in Normandy) — onshore and offshore test sites.

WIND FOR FUTURE — companies involved in the wind sector in Burgundy and centre-east region of France.

WIND INDUSTRY — the wind-energy cluster for the Aquitaine region (south-western France).

YES (Your Energy Solution) — renewable-energy cluster in the Lorraine region (eastern France).

The Pays de la Loire regional agency, Bourgogne Développement, Bretagne Développement Innovation and Bretagne International, as well as representatives of the Picardie Regional Council, the Somme General Council and Havre Développement, will all be present at EWEA 2012, alongside companies from their respective regions.

About Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables

The Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (i.e. France's trade federation for renewable energies) is made up of more than 500 companies, employing over 80,000 people. The association is worth €10 billion and has companies from across the renewable-energy sector among its members.

France Energie Eolienne, the wind-power branch of the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables, has more than 230 members.

About Windustry France

Windustry France is the brand under which companies involved in France's wind-power sector operate. It currently includes nearly 300 companies throughout France, which are already working for the French (or European) wind-power industry.


UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services based on the provision of information on export markets, legal issues and regulations, as well as international finance and tenders, while also supplying sectorial data.

In addition, UBIFRANCE offers export advice and targeted support to companies’ commercial activities, such as exploratory visits, partnership meetings, foreign exhibitions and international press communication.

Finally, UBIFRANCE runs the International Postgraduate Programme (VIE) for employing qualified personnel and young graduates outside France.

UBIFRANCE is organising the French Pavilion in Hall B (Stands BD10, BE10 and BF10) at EWEA 2012, from 16 to 19 April 2012. The event will be held at the Bella Center, in Copenhagen (Denmark).

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