Ifsttar: celebrating forty years in Nantes—and a turn to the marine renewable energies

11 Sep 2015
IndustryR&D

The Ifsttar (L’Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l’aménagement et des réseaux, the French Institute for the Science and Technology of Transport, Planning and Networks) has now had a branch in the Nantes suburb of Bougenais for forty years. Several events to present the Ifsttar and its innovative projects are planned to celebrate the anniversary this September.

It was at the end of the 1960s that part of what was then the LCPC (Laboratoire central des ponts et chaussées, Central Bridge and Road Laboratory) was relocated to Nantes. In order to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the move, the Ifsttar is planning several days of events from the 17—20 September.

The Ifsttar will offer lectures and laboratory visits to interested professionals on Thursday 17 September, and its doors will be opened to the general public at the weekend (19 and 20 September) for workshops and practical demonstrations.

A path to innovation by way of the marine renewable energies

The Ifsttar has always sought the cutting edge of innovation, and it was natural for the Nantes branch to strike up an interest in the marine renewables sector with Oceagen. The institute won its role in the floating turbine project in a call for expressions of interest from the Ademe (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency), and is now hard at work on its part—reducing the cost of the buoyancy and anchorage components of the new turbines. Led by Ideol, this effort forms part of the Floatgen project, whose first floating turbine prototype will be tested at the SemRev marine experimentation site in 2016.

Further information: Ifsttar’s programme