Executive Education - Marine Renewable Energies

Centrale Nantes and the University of Nantes have created 22 Executive Education modules within the WeAMEC (West Atlantic Marine Energy Center) framework, dealing exclusively with the growing MRE (Marine Renewable Energies) sector.


This training provision is intended to give companies and their teams the key to understanding the overall environment of Marine Renewable Energies and how to fit into the emerging MRE market. They will have a comprehensive overview, understand concepts and vocabulary, be able to position the different actors, and finally to identify and understand the implications of their products on the value chain and consider their potential integration into technological components.

22 Training Modules - intra and/or inter-company


One- to three-day modules put together and delivered by a teaching team composed of academics (University of Nantes, Centrale Nantes, IFSTARR, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime) and industry professionals (e.g. RTE, ACCOAST, INNOSEA).

The modules have been tailored to meet two objectives: firstly, to expand company activity or help companies to enter new markets and secondly, to develop the trainees' skills and employability.

'Core' Track leading to the Marine Renewable Energies Technical Advisor certificate


This track provides a comprehensive overview within a four-month period. On completion of this course, the trainee will be able to provide technical support to operational teams and contribute to the development of technical skills. These modules, available without prerequisites, foster good cross-functional knowledge for experts, managers and policy makers alike.

'Expert' Track leading to the Marine Renewable Energies Project Manager certificate


Upon successful completion of this track, the trainee will be able to specify and manage each step and component of an MRE project. This track allows trainees to further their knowledge in a particular field of MRE. Most modules have prerequisites.

Four skills blocks

Both tracks are broken down into the four skills blocks that make up the MRE value chain:

Block 1 - Design and engineering of MRE parks, environmental studies, site and resource characterization.
Block 2 - Design and engineering of MRE devices, from design to manufacturing and construction to assembly.
Block 3 - Design and coordination of the offshore installation of MRE farms and MRE devices, consistent with the environment and the marine space.
Block 4 - Follow-up of the various stages of the MRE farm lifecycle, from operation to maintenance to dismantling.

Trainees can select modules according to the priority given to each skill block.

'Core' track modules (MRE Technical Advisor):


1. Offshore technology: MRE overview
2. Marine environment: fundamentals
3. Maritime space: a shared space
4. Maritime law and maritime zoning
5. Hydrodynamics of MRE devices
6. Marine geotechnics
7. Design and connection of an energy conversion chain to the grid
8. Design and certification principles of offshore foundations and floating structures
9. MRE in English

'Expert' Track modules (MRE Project Manager):


1. Sedimentary transport
2. Advanced marine geotechnics
3. Technical rules for the design of reinforced-concrete structures
4. Site monitoring
5. Optimal farm layout and grid connection study
6. Economic approach to MRE - exploitation and associated storage
7. Environmental studies: from preparation to authorization
8. Installation and anchoring
9. Wave energy conversion
10. Corrosion and bio-corrosion
11. Infrastructure instrumentation
12. Training on open-source software NEMOH: computation of wave-structure interactions
13. Understanding of the risks at sea on an offshore wind farm

Publié le November 7, 2016 Mis à jour le March 21, 2017