The energy transition – driving our ambition

The issues of the global energy situation in 2030

Faced with environmental issues, the energy production sector has had to make major changes to its activities to help mitigate climate change.

The Paris Climate Agreement signed at COP21, effective starting in November 2016, confirmed these efforts and the ramping up of the energy transition on an international scale.

The situation of the global energy mix in 2030

In 2016, for the first time ever, over half of global investment in electricity production was in Renewable Energies.

In France, the Energy Transition law driving green growth will enable energy producers to meet the following objectives by 2030:

  • – 32 % share of renewable energy production in the French energy mix
  • – 40 % reduction in CO2 emissions
  • – 25 % reduction the nuclear share of electricity generation.
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fossil fuels (coal, oil gas) by increasing the use of renewable energy sources

A transformation of electricity needs on two levels

Although energy consumption in OECD countries is tending to stabilize, other regions in the throes of industrial development and urbanization such as India, South East Asia and China, along with some regions of Africa and Latin America, are consuming ever-increasing levels.

  • Industrialized countries: integrate renewables* into existing grids
  • Developing countries: build and develop Smart grids** Electrical power is the indispensable condition for the development of these countries.

Despite the global energy supply, 1.5 billion people have no access to the power grid. 650 million of these are in Africa.

Renewables: renewable sources of energy

Smart Grid: uses digital communications technology to detect and react to local changes in usage

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Predictable and reliable, hydrokinetic energy is a promising lever for the energy transition.

HydroQuest has studied opportunities for hydrokinetic turbine development since 2010.

Our ambition is to become a global reference in the development of innovative technology to harness hydrokinetic resources. This is a new alternative energy supply as promoted by the Energy Transition law to encourage renewable growth.

Our core activity illustrates the potential and promises of low-carbon energy sources and drives us to fulfill the inalienable right for every person to have access to energy..

Rivers, seas and oceans occupy over 70 % of the planet’s surface. River and marine resources represent a truly considerable untapped energy potential. Our expertise in harnessing their currents can produce a constant supply of energy, 24/7.

Predictable and economical, energy generated by hydrokinetic turbines does not require the capture and release of water, nor heavy infrastructures. 

The currents formed by straights, coastlines, capes or estuaries and their tidal nature offer a significant source of kinetic energy that HydroQuest hydrokinetic turbines can convert into clean, renewable energy.

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Energy potential of river current turbines by 2025
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Energy potential of tidal turbines
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Worldwide hydroelectric potential currently tapped
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Hydroelectric potential tapped in South America
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Hydroelectric potential tapped in Asia
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Hydroelectric potential tapped in Asia

Predictable and reliable, hydrokinetic energy is a promising lever for the energy transition.

Hydrokinetic energy production can complement intermittent renewable energy sources to provide a viable alternative with specific benefits:

  • Predictable,endless and non-disruptive supply of energy connected to a simplified network
  • Rapid deployment 6 – 8 months for river current systems without civil engineering needed
  • High-performance energy efficiency with a load rate well above wind or solar farms
  • A modular and decentralized structure to better harness the energy
  • A minimum lifetime of 25 years,
  • Smart recycling: HydroQuest hydrokinetic turbines are built using recyclable materials
  • An environmental impact so limited as to be insignificant.

HydroQuest marine current and river current turbines are designed to be operated in farms of several tens of units together.

A strategic agreement links HydroQuest to the CMN group. This partnership delivers optimized management of the current turbine construction process and helps us meet our quality requirements.

Furthermore, HydroQuest has several decades of experience in past sub-aquatic technologies, offshore oil&gas and wind turbines, which all support its development of new technologies.

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HydroQuest hydrokinetic turbines: clean energy in operation

Why believe and investin hydrokinetic turbines?

Whether designed to harness river currents or marine currents, HydroQuest hydrokinetic turbines deliver an effective energy solution for

  • Developing countries: in the throes of industrial expansion, they represent a large potential of additional hydroelectric power to meet growing needs, including on isolated sites.
  • Industrialized countries: to supplement other energy sources, hydrokinetic turbines represent the ideal solution for hydroelectric production on water courses that are not suited to conventional hydroelectric structures and on marine locations.

HydroQuest, a player in the Energy Transition for Green Growth, delivers its response to this energy-related, industrial, economic and social challenge. HydroQuest water current turbine technology is a promising solution to reduce CO2 emissions and thereby limit carbon footprints.

HydroQuest hydrokinetic turbines are a reliable and environmentally-sound source of energy. A genuine renewable source of energy, they represent an excellent alternative source of energy production.