Story 2
Strengthening sovereignty
EPISODE 5
Powering energy security

The economy of Chile is growing fast and needs more energy. By many estimates, its extensive coastline, powerful waves and tidal currents could generate more than 10 times its current installed power generation capacity. This would help ensure the country’s energy security and avoid a future energy crisis.

There’s just one catch. Chile needs to acquire expertise in marine renewable energies fast. That is why DCNS and Enel Green Power are helping to develop MERIC, Chile’s International Centre of Excellence in marine energy research and development. Take a moment to understand the country’s marine energy potential and the contribution of MERIC.

 

Timeline

2011

Blackout keep nearly 60% of Chilean population without electricity for several hours, demonstrating need for additional energy capacity.

2011

2012

Chilean Government publishes “National Energy Strategy 2012-2030: Energy for the Future” with major focus on renewable energies.

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2014

Chilean economic development agency (CORFO) selects DCNS and Enel Green Power to develop Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) in Chile.

2014

June 2016

Official inauguration of MERIC International Centre of Excellence in marine energy research and development.

Michelle Bachelet, Presidente du Chili et Francois Hollande, President de la Republique Creation d'un centre d'excellence sur les energies marines renouvelables Signataire pour la France : Herve GUILLOU, PDG DCNS. Signataires pour le Chili : Maximo PACHECO, ministre de l’Energie, Eduardo BITRAN, Vice President de la Corfo

The President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and the President of France Francois Hollande
Creation of the Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC)
French signatory: Herve Guillou, CEO DCNS.
Chilean signatories: Maximo Pacheco, Chilean minister of Energy; and Eduardo Bitran, vice-president of Chilean economic development agency CORFO

2050

Target date for having 70% of Chile’s energy come from renewable energy sources.

2050

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