Ifremer (FR)

About Ifremer

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two. 

Monitoring of the seas and coastal waters is conducted in support of public policy on management of the environment and its resources. 

Through expert advice, reports on studies, evaluation campaigns, and monitoring or surveillance networks of the marine environment, Ifremer provides expertise on the major scientific questions in its fields of competence and in collaboration with the professionals of the maritime world. 

Ifremer oversees the development, management and provision of large-scale research facilities – a research fleet, mainframe computer, data centres and experimental facilities – which are available to national and European scientific communities, as well as within private or public research partnerships. 

More specifically, Ifremer is involved in dynamics of structures in wave and current through experimental and numerical analysis. Both hydrodynamic and in-situ working conditions skills are considered for a comprehensive study of the dynamical behaviour of a device in realistic random seas. Ifremer has performed hydrodynamic studies for a long time in his experimental facilities for a lot of tidal streams devices associated with numerical modelling, allowing cross validation of experience and theory. 


Role of Ifremer in MET-CERTIFIED

In the MET-CERTIFIED project, IFREMER wishes to promote expertise and to improve R&D competencies in hydrodynamic studies on marine current turbines. The ability to conduct scale testing in the Ifremer wave and current flume tank under international standards and to help for the development of the certification scheme is also of high interest.  Ifremer is in charge of the four experimental trials on tidal energy devices. During these tests the IEC Tidal Scale testing procedures will be applied and evaluated for verification of scale testing standards for controlled conditions and its use to predict performance at higher TRLs in open water.