PRESS RELEASE 19 September 2013
Fortum, DCNS and AW-Energy signed a development agreement in wave power
research and development with the support of La Région Bretagne. As part of the
agreement, the companies will develop a joint 1.5 MW wave power demonstration
project. The wave power technology chosen for the project is WaveRoller™.
Fortum will be responsible for the project development and will be the owner of
the demonstration park. DCNS will manage the site development and construction
work. The WaveRoller™ technology chosen for this project was developed by
AW-Energy and is extensively patented. At the cutting edge of wave power, the
WaveRoller™offers huge perspectives on an international scale. La Région
Bretagne believes that this project is important for the local economy and
industrial development. All parties involved see significant opportunities for
long-term growth in wave energy.
The agreement signed by Fortum, DCNS and AW-Energy is an extension to the wave
power research and development collaboration initiated in 2011 by DCNS and
“This demonstration project is an ingenious European industrial match combining
the best of Finnish and French expertise in renewable energy. For the very
first time, we can now bring together Fortum’s expertise in CO2 free power
production, DCNS industrial expertise in marine energy, AW-Energy’s technology
solution and the commitment of La Région Bretagne. Together, we can truly
create new renewable energy for Europe” declared Matti Ruotsala, Fortum’s
Executive Vice President, Power Division.
“Wave power is an important part of DCNS development of sustainable energy
solutions.This far-reaching agreement is a strong commitment to participate in
the development of WaveRoller™. By investing our know-how in this cooperation
we aim at securing our position in the emerging marine renewable market”, said
Thierry Kalanquin, Senior Vice-President Services and Marine Energy, DCNS.
“This is an important milestone towards the commercialization of the
WaveRoller™ technology. The long-term agreement paves the way for making
WaveRoller™ an economically feasible solution to produce blue energy worldwide.
Wave energy is indeed the world’s densest renewable energy sources, with huge
power generating potential. We are excited to be able to take advantage of the
excellent skills of our partners,” added John Liljelund, CEO of AW-Energy.
“Marine renewable energies offer an important industrial opening for Brittany
and we intend to make the most of this. A race against the clock has begun,
with major projects expected in the next few years. WaveRoller™offers Brittany
an exceptional opportunity to play a driving role in the creation of a new
industry”, declared Dominique Ramard, Vice President Energy, Bretagne Region.
Philippe Stohr, Country Manager, Fortum France, tel. +33 1 70 92 37 01
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Fortum and wave power
Fortum has been actively involved in wave energy development since 2007. During
this time, the company has been involved in funding the development of
AW-Energy’s WaveRoller™ technology. Fortum and the Swedish Seabased AB are
currently building a 10-megawatt wave power park on the west coast of Sweden,
in Sotenäs. It is one of the world’s largest wave-power demonstration projects.
Fortum's purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future
generations. We provide sustainable solutions that fulfil the needs for low
emissions, resource efficiency and energy security, and deliver excellent value
to our shareholders. Our activities cover the generation, distribution and
sales of electricity and heat as well as related expert services.
Fortum's operations focus on the Nordic countries, Russia, Poland and the
Baltics. In the future, the integrating European and fast-growing Asian energy
markets provide additional growth opportunities. In 2012, Fortum’s sales
totalled EUR 6.2 billion and comparable operating profit was EUR 1.7 billion.
We employ approximately 10,400 people. Fortum’s shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX
DCNS : Sea the Future
DCNS believes that the sea is central to our planet's future. As a world leader
in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector, the Group is developing
advanced technology and solutions to secure the future and sustainably develop
the planet's potential. Its leadership is built on a proven ability to meet
customer needs by combining exceptional know-how with unique industrial
resources. DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops
associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to
naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into civil
nuclear engineering and marine renewable energy. As a responsible corporate
citizen, DCNS was one of the first major defence groups to achieve full
certification to ISO 14001. The DCNS Group employs 13,200 people and generates
annual revenues of €2.9 billion. www.dcnsgroup.com
AW-Energy and WaveRoller™
The WaveRoller™ is a submerged wave energy converter, based on a hinged panel
that is attached to the sea bed in the near shore area. It generates
electricity from the back and forth movement of the waves (surge phenomenon)
and is connected to the electric grid on the shore. AW-Energy is the developer
of WaveRoller™. The company is based in Finland, and operates in multiple
continents. It is backed by strong owners including Fortum, a leading European
utility company. www.aw-energy.com
Bretagne region welcomes the project
Bretagne has a strong maritime heritage which fits naturally into marine
renewable energy. Along with its 2 730 km long coastline exposed to winds,
ocean waves, currents, and large tidal ranges, it offers an outstanding and
unlimited natural potential for developing marine renewable energy. Bretagne is
the only region that develops six types of marine energy generation technology,
combined with a strong political commitment for building a future in marine
renewables, sets Bretagne apart.
The 6 types of technology being tested in Bretagne are: fixed and floating wind
turbine, tidal stream turbine, tidal power plant, ocean thermal energy
conversion and wave turbine. Bretagne Region support and is delighted with this