France: Thetis MRE 2014 Ends with Success
Thetis MRE, the International Convention for Marine Renewable Energy, saw over 3,500 attendees at its 2014 edition in Cherbourg, France.
The event hosted 262 exhibitors, with 35% international participants, representing 15 countries. Thirty world experts in marine renewable energy held their speeches at this year’s Thetis MRE, and 800 B2B meetings were organized.
Christophe Peseux, Director of Thetis MRE, said: “There is no doubt that deployment of Marine Renewable Energies is now moving forward. Thetis MRE, with its annual convention, is both a privileged testimonial to the rising power of the MRE sector in France and elsewhere around the world, and one of the actors of the dynamics set in motion by the entire value chain, from very small companies to major decision-makers in the Energy and Maritime sectors.”
Marc Lafosse, Engineer – Oceanographer, Thetis MRE founding associate, commented: “Thetis MRE 2014 owes its clear success to the overwhelming mobilization of companies, researchers, territorial institutions from the Basse-Normandie region that received us in Cherbourg, and more globally the maritime regions present at the convention. The 2014 edition nonetheless revealed a gap between the level of technological maturity in the MRE market, and the taking into account of industry expectations on a national level, in particular with respect to changes to make the regulatory framework more favorable for deploying projects in progress. As observers and stakeholders in the MRE field, we are working hard to keep Thetis MRE exciting for the 2015 edition, where we will be received by the Pays de la Loire Region in Nantes, France.”
Thetis MRE 2014 ended on Thursday evening, April 10, following two days of exchanges and meetings among professionals in the Marine Renewable Energy world, at the event held at the Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg. Continuing the efforts started in Bordeaux in 2012 and Brest in 2013, this year’s Thetis MRE was highly successful for stakeholders in the MRE sector.
Press release, April 18, 2014