Progress to date in different stages of the SEM-REV French Wave Energy test site development is highlighted in this paper. The SEM-REV will serve wave technology developers as well as research in hydrodynamics related to wave energy extraction. The test site comprises a 2.5MVA power cable connected to the national grid through an onshore substation. The offshore 1km2 test zone is fully instrumented with 2 wave buoys and a matrix of current profilers hence providing continuous wave climate information.
After completing the initial site assessments and defining the regulatory frame, the development of the project is undergoing several consultation phases.
The SEM-REV permitting process is aiming to obtain a consented zone with pre-arranged permits, which will enable developers to operate easily under the site’s requirements. Nevertheless, the identified regulatory frame will be a good baseline for project development in French waters. Assessment of the performance of wave energy converters relies on accurate measurement and knowledge of the wave climate. Additionally, the electrical analysis of the power systems requires accurate process and preparation of the electrical assets to perform different state measurements.
The SEM-REV wave test site planning is taking into account these requirements to prepare detailed performance testing and future certification.