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Sustainable Energy Production

IF WE PRODUCE ENERGY USING SUSTAINABLE SOURCES, CAN WE PRESERVE OUR PLANET?

Marine energies are emerging, being a credible alternative to electricity generation from carbon sources. France, which, with its coastlines, has a very high marine energy production potential, and then has the opportunity to strengthen its technological leadership and race ahead in this sector. Diversify our energy mix and continue to innovate to develop new sources of energy, we could fight climate change. 

An Undulating membrane inspired by bio-mimicry

BREAKTHROUGH IDEA

20 years of research by Jean-Baptiste Drevet on the coupling between fluids and undulating membranes have allowed him to give life to the EEL ENERGY company. EEL develops an undulating membrane inspired by bio-mimicry (fish swimming) to generate electricity from marine or river currents.

The advantages of this solution are numerous: 

  • Simplicity and robustness,
  • High Performance (thanks to an extended collecting surface),
  • Ergonomics which extend its implantation potential (slower and shallow water flow),

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Several prototypes have already been successfully tested in a North Sean flume tank (in partnership with IFREMER). The 1:6 scale prototype is being tested with already very promising results

The EEL® technology is patented internationally (by 5 patents). The company, based in Paris and Boulogne-sur-Mer, brings together a multidisciplinary team and works with leading partners, including IFREMER or HUTCHINSON (a TOTAL Group subsidiary).

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BENEFITS TO USE 3DEXPERIENCE® PLATFORM

Modeling and simulation are essential needs for EEL ENERGY, especially within the ongoing development phase of our prototypes. Defining the design of our hydro, defining the most relevant choice of materials, collaborating with our suppliers of components, and anticipating the performance of our machines is an added value that will be brought to us thanks to Dassault Systèmes solutions.

Among the topics on which will be used solutions and 3DEXPERIENCE® platform :

  • Evaluation & Implementation of composite materials
  • Reliability of multi-material assemblies (composite, spring steel, elastomer)
  • Mechanical resistance of the structure in great deformation

Meet the team

EEL ENERGY assembles complementary talents, associated by conviction in the emergence of biomimicry.

  • Jean-Baptiste Drevet
    Jean-Baptiste Drevet
    President
  • Franck Sylvain
    Franck Sylvain
    CEO
  • Grégoire de Laval
    Grégoire de Laval
    Development Director
  • Omar Mansouri
    Omar Mansouri
    Responsible for Electronics
  • Astrid Déporte
    Astrid Déporte
    PhD
  • Sylvain Delacroix
    Sylvain Delacroix
    PhD in Fluid Mechanics R&D Engineer

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