New GDF Suez—Atlanpole partnership to incubate innovative projects

9 Feb 2015
IndustryR&D
Suez - Atlanpole partnership

GDF Suez expands west. Nantes technopark Atlanpole has been chosen by the energy giant to be its first regional partner for incubating innovative projects. A promising alliance which confirms the attractiveness of the Pays de la Loire for innovation and its importance for the development of marine renewable energy.

“We have been impressed by the dynamism and richness of the local ecosystem and by this incubator,” explains Isabelle Kocher, GDF Suez’s Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer. “A large proportion of the projects already hosted at Atlanpole are in the digital or energy sectors which are our company’s core business.”

In being selected by GDF Suez to incubate innovative projects, the technology park of the greater Nantes basin (Loire-Atlantique and Vendée) has the opportunity to develop closer ties with the top ranking business customers of the region.

Major projects for wind and tidal turbines

Over the last twenty years Atlanpole has overseen the creation of more than 220 innovative businesses—85% of which are still thriving after five years. This expertise will now be placed at the disposition of GDF Suez, most notably in the marine renewable energies.

The world’s fourth biggest energy company has just won the second government tender for offshore turbines with its bid to construct the Deux Îles offshore wind farm. GDF Suez has also has its offer for expressions of interest in pilot tidal energy projects accepted at Raz Blanchard, off the Normandy coast.

Further information: Atlanpole site