The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Nantes this week. Left-right: Phil Monbet (Director of Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, Tom Fidjeland (CEO of GCE NODE) and Christophe Avellan (Director of Pôle Mer Méditerranée).

GCE NODE has entered into a partnership agreement with two technology clusters in France to develop synergies within marine renewable energy.

“We are strengthening our relationship with Pôle Mer Méditerranée and Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, two organizations that we have enjoyed working with for some time,” says Tom Fidjeland, CEO of GCE NODE.

The purpose of the agreement is to assist the further development of ocean technology in Norway and France. The clusters agree to champion ocean technology in their respective countries as well as jointly when the opportunity arises. The clusters agree to seek areas of strategic benefit to both nations and their supply chain members through collaborations and partnerships.

“Furthermore, we will explore opportunities for cluster companies to do business together, and we work as partners in EU programs and seek to participate in consortia to respond to calls for EU projects,” says Fidjeland.

The agreement was signed during the opening day of the FOWT Conference in Nantes, France – the world’s largest event dedicated to floating offshore wind turbines. Team Norway comprised 30 people, including representatives from National Oilwell Varco.

The FOWT Conference in Nantes, France is the world’s largest event dedicated to floating offshore wind turbines.