Results of French Interministerial Fund 25th call for proposals: Two Tenerrdis projects selected
The power of collaborative projects to support the energy transition
SUSTAINABLE WIND TURBINES AND RECYCLED BATTERIES
Of the 43 projects selected to receive funding under the French Single Interministerial Fund’s 25th call for proposals, two were certified by Tenerrdis.
The two Tenerrdis projects selected represent a combined total budget of €4.6 million, €2.1 million of which will be provided by the French and local/regional government agencies. Both of the projects focus on innovative solutions to support the energy transition. The FEDRE project will develop ways to make wind farms more profitable during overhaul projects, while the E-Mergy project will mitigate the environmental impacts of battery-based energy storage systems.
In addition to these two recent wins, Tenerrdis brought home excellent results in Phase 1 of French energy agency ADEME’s 2018 innovation competition, with six of ten Tenerrdis-certified projects in the running receiving funding. These successes are evidence that Tenerrdis’ project-oriented strategy is working!
Projects selected in the French Single Interministerial Fund’s 25th call for proposals
Conserving wind turbine foundations during repowering
Project lead: ANTEA
The FEDRE project addresses the gap between the lifespans of terrestrial wind turbines (around 20 years) and their concrete foundations (around 50 years). The project will accomplish two goals:
- Innovate new approaches that would allow part of the original foundations to be saved during repowering; this would reduce construction costs and the equipment’s carbon emissions.
- Develop a new, adaptive design for wind turbine foundations that would allow for re-use if the type of wind turbine is changed (different equipment creates different mechanical constraints).
Savings on construction of wind turbine foundations are estimated at one-fourth to one-third of the cost of a new foundation; this would reduce the cost of building wind farms and help bring the cost of wind energy down, supporting the wider-spread adoption of this energy source in France, where it currently accounts for just over 10% of total electricity production.
Batteries made from recycled materials
The E-Mergy project will address energy-related challenges from reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment to the limitations of traditional electricity grids. The project will develop and commercialize an energy-storage system made from recycled components that will facilitate the integration of renewable energy into the grid and enable more efficient grid management. The energy-storage batteries developed will be:
- Made from economical and high-performance recycled components
- Integrated into a smart and modular energy management system
- Equipped with multi-site forecasting and management capabilities
The overall objective is to develop a marketable product and working system rolled out at three remote test sites.