The top marine renewables business fair, Thétis EMR, takes place in Nantes on the 20 and 21 May. The Pays de la Loire’s exhibitors’ village will gather no fewer that fifty regional players in the sector, putting the broad range of skills available in the region to the forefront. The event will also be an occasion for presenting innovative projects and enabling international exchanges.
With more than four hundred square metres of dedicated exhibition space, Thétis EMR will place great emphasis on the region’s players. Around twenty have taken their own stand at the event, while a regional space* at the heart of the Pays de la Loire Village, plays host to 28 co-exhibitors (see box).
The region’s Council, which has jointly financed the event along with Nantes Métropole and Saint-Nazaire local government grouping, the Carene, has delegated the design and running of this 204 square metre stand to the region’s innovation agency (‘Pays de la Loire Territoires d’Innovation’).
Elsewhere at the event, the majority of the workshops and talks at the event will rely on the knowledge of at least one Pay de la Loire-based expert.
Pride of place to R&D
Stand B18 will provide a space for research and innovation with a 3D printer and a scale model of a floating turbine used for testing and validation of computer modelling. Visitors to the stand will discover numerous R&D projects such as IBOCS (Iron Ballast for Ocean Cable Solutions) HYSMAR (hydrodynamics of marine structures), and HYPERWIND (comprehensive wind farm monitoring).
The joint project RFI EMR—’Recherche – formation – innovation’ (Research – Training – Innovation), which aligns academic and industrial researchers in a open innovation environment, will also be introduced with research posters and lightning five-minute presentations.
More than 900 business to business encounters
The Thétis EMR business fair will also an opportunity to make new contacts in France and further afield. The Invest’in presentation will introduce the regional players to foreign companies and an abundance of business to business networking has already been programmed: 279 participants from 19 countries have arranged 921 business meetings.
* The region’s stand is located at D18, D32, E19, and E33.
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