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 Naval Group 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.
Blackout keep nearly 60% of Chilean population without electricity for several hours, demonstrating need for additional energy capacity.
Chilean Government publishes “National Energy Strategy 2012-2030: Energy for the Future” with major focus on renewable energies.
Chilean economic development agency (CORFO) selects Naval Group and Enel Green Power to develop Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) in Chile.
Official inauguration of MERIC International Centre of Excellence in marine energy research and development.
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 Naval Group.
Chilean signatories: Maximo Pacheco, Chilean minister of Energy; and Eduardo Bitran, vice-president of Chilean economic development agency CORFO
Target date for having 70% of Chile’s energy come from renewable energy sources.