France’s First Tidal Energy Plant Gets Smarter with QOS Energy’s Data Intelligence Platform
Sabella, a pioneering tidal and ocean stream turbine developer, has partnered with QOS Energy to improve the performance monitoring of its ground-breaking Ushant tidal energy project. The first 1MW tidal turbine of the plant, immersed 55 metres under water off the west coast of France, is equipped with more than 100 sensors gathering data every 5 minutes. It now uses QOS Energy’s powerful data intelligence platform to identify, assess and anticipate potential failures.
Sabella’s 1MW D10 turbine was initially commissioned in 2015 in the Fromveur Passage, a strait that lies between Ushant Island and the Molène archipelago, off the coast of the French region of Brittany. After undergoing key technology upgrades, the tidal turbine was redeployed for the second time in October 2018.
Founded in 2008, Sabella is a French pioneering tidal and ocean stream turbine developer, supplying reliable turnkey energy solutions worldwide. In the early 2000s, Jean François Daviau, drawing on his 25 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, alongside with Hervé Majastre, an engineer specialised in energy storage systems, created Hydrohélix Energies based on a subsea tidal turbine patent. Sabella was incorporated in 2008 with Hydrohélix, Sofresid Engineering, Dourmap and In Vivo Environnement, and Jean François was appointed President of Sabella. Based in Quimper in Brittany region of France, the company counts around twenty employees and so far, two tidal turbines were tried and tested in real conditions, D03 and D10.