List of Top 15 Renewable Energy Companies in France [Updated 2021]

List of Top 15 Renewable Energy Companies in France [Updated 2021]

List of Top 15 Renewable Energy Companies in France [Updated 2021]

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The world’s 7th largest economy and Europe’s third-largest economy, France's renewable energy sources are taking steps towards a sustainable and green future. 

 

The French Government has continuously supported the  Energy Transition for Green Growth, and on par with it, the government has dedicated a huge chunk of public investments for energy and ecological transitions. The major objective of the government is for a significant reduction of fossil fuels with the closure of coal-based power plants while accelerating the change towards carbon-free well-balanced energy production. 

 

One of the major elements of France’s commitment to increase efficiency in energy is also towards its usage. They are particularly focused on reducing the heat wastage that happens in buildings & their thermal insulation. Similarly, they also want to reduce the use of other primary fossil energy like gas, petroleum products & coal. The transportation sector is another sector where energy is used extensively so the country is also taking its shift towards rechargeable electric and hybrid vehicles. Biofuels blended with petrol are also increasing while people are also opting for walking and cycling. 

 

The French economy is mainly dependent on the public sector and with this commitment of the French Government, many renewable energy companies in France are getting leverage to make the maximum use of green sources for energy. 


Today, we will discuss the top 15 renewable energy companies in France. 

 

But, before that let us know what are the major sources of renewable energy in France. 

SOURCES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN FRANCE

 

The major sources of renewable energy in France include Hydropower, Solar, and Wind with some from biopower as well. 

 

The highest renewable energy source of electricity in France is hydropower with more than 25.7 GW of installed capacity. It is also the second-largest source of electricity generation in France behind nuclear power. Flexible and storable, it contributes actively to the balance of the electricity system and to network safety.

 

The installed hydropower capacity in France has been stable while wind and solar power capacity has been steadily growing with more than 48.6% of renewable energy production capacity coming from wind or solar power. As of 2020, 17 GW of wind power has been installed in France and 10 GW of energy comes from Solar Power. Similarly, the bioenergy power generation fleet exceeds 2.1 GW.

 

The capacity of wind and solar power has been improving drastically in the last few years with improvement in technology as well as the removal of several regulatory policies. Offshore wind projects have also been increasing in recent years and are aimed to help contribute to the transition of France towards renewable energy sources. 

 

Power Market, France, Cumulative Installed Capacity by Fuel Type (GW), 2018 & 2030

Fig: Projected growth of power market in France (2018 vs 2030). This indicates that renewables energy along with hydropower is projected to grow rapidly over the years in France.

 

List of renewable energy companies in France

  1. Voltalia

Amongst all French renewable energy companies in France, Voltalia stands at the topmost category as the group produces and sells electricity generated from wind, solar, hydraulic, biomass, and storage facilities that it owns and operates as renewable resources in France.

Since 2005, Voltalia acted as a service provider that fully supports its investor clients in renewable projects in all phases, from design to operation and maintenance, and has maintained its strata as a front runner that provides a global offer to private companies ranging from supply of green electricity and energy efficiency services to local production of their own electricity.

Being a part of an entitled industrial company, Voltalia has an operating and under construction capacity of more than 1.3 GW including a bunch of projects under development representing a total capacity of 8.5 GW.

  • Founded: 2005
  • Headquarters: Paris, Ile-de-France
  • Company: 1001-5000
  • Sector: Wind energy, solar energy, biomass, hydraulic and storage 
  • Specialties: Hydroelectric facilities, Biomass-incineration facilities, Storage, Solar, Wind, Biomass, and Hydro
  • Website: https://www.voltalia.com/en

 

  1. ERGOSUP

Since hydrogen appears to be the most promising source of energy vector in order to move towards clean cars with high autonomy to accelerate competitive growth, decentralized solutions must be developed regarding hydrogen production, storage, and distribution.

Founded in 2014, they took up an ambitious challenge to develop an innovative solution called electrolysis technology which was a major breakthrough in separation over the release of the gaseous oxygen and hydrogen.

Overall, ERGOSUP is one of the prevailing French energy companies that cater to developing an innovative method for the storage and conversion of electricity into pressurized hydrogen. They supply decarbonated hydrogen for industrial applications, hydrogen service stations, and stationery massive energy storage solutions.

  • Founded: 2012
  • Headquarters: MALATAVERNE
  • Company Size: 1-10
  • Sector: Hydropower
  • Specialties: energy conversion storage and electrical storage
  • Website: https://www.ergosup.com/en



 

  1. EOLFI

Among all renewable energy companies in France, EOLFI has evolved as a leading company that has reached an exceptional height in producing floating wind power and has been working on renewable energy projects both on and offshore and expanding renewable power business.

Ever since the establishment in 2004, it has evolved as a wind subsidiary of the VEOLIA environment group to make renewable marine energies the heart of its strategy.

EOLFI claims itself as a major player in the world of onshore wind power, with more than 1GW turbine projects, solar power with more than 140MWc of projects carried out or ready to build and has innovative, performance energy solutions such as photovoltaic power plants used on the ground, on water, on roofs or in parking shades.

  • Founded: 2004
  • Headquarters: Paris, Île-de-France
  • Company Size: 11-50
  • Sector: Wind power, solar power
  • Specialties: Onshore and offshore wind development, solar development, financing of renewable energy projects, and design and development of innovative projects
  • Website: https://www.eolfi.com/en


 

  1. Waga Energy

As a part of French energy companies, Waga Energy has developed an advanced technology in order to recover landfill gas into grid compliant bio-methane, also known as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).

Founded in 2015, WAGABOX outshines its landfill gas upgrading units that deliver high quality bio methane that can be injected directly into the gas grid or used as fuel for vehicles and have a double impact to help fight climate change as they capture landfill gas which is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Further, the new WAGABOX unit marks additional progress toward a scenario with true energy transition and takes action towards protecting our environment.

  • Founded: 2015
  • Headquarters: Meylan, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
  • Company Size: 51-200
  • Sector: Bio methane
  • Specialties: gas engineering, bio methane, biogas cleaning and landfill gas
  • Website: https://waga-energy.com/en/




 

  1. New World Wind

New World Wind is one of the renewable energy companies in France excels at giving solutions that emphasize on using high technology with smart designs and micro wind turbines with solar petals.

Since the beginning of its establishment, it stood out as a powerful renewable resource company with a range of innovative products along elegant and completely silent machinery that ends up being a perfect fit in both urban and natural environments.

Overall, New World Wind takes inspiration from nature and offers local, customizable solutions to facilitate elegant, powerful and sustainable electrical services in order to provide enough sustainable energy to improve our living environment and protect the next generations.

  • Founded: N/A
  • Headquarters: Paris, Fr
  • Company Size: 1-10
  • Sector: Wind energy
  • Specialties: Energy, Durable, Design, Renewables, Environment, Wind Power, Turbine, and Smart Cities
  • Website: https://newworldwind.com/en/

 

  1. Prodeval

Prodeval is a company specialized in the treatment and recovery of biogas as a part of renewable resources in France that tackles issues of methanisation of organic waste by providing its clients with innovative and made-to-measure solutions.

Since the establishment in 1990, they have broadened their skills and guarantee quality service for proper installation, commissioning, training, maintaining, or performance monitoring in response to all issues regarding biogas.

Being a part of French energy companies, Prodeval collaborates with local and specialized partners to help design and manufacture their main technologies as a part of the local business community.

  • Founded: 1990
  • Headquarters: CHATEAUNEUF SUR ISERE
  • Company Size: 51-200
  • Sector: Biogas
  • Specialties: biogas, biomethane, biogas treatment, and biogas valorization
  • Website: https://www.prodeval.eu/en/

 

  1. EuroCape

EuroCape is a part of international renewable energy companies in France that solely focuses on generating renewable wind energy in key European markets which aims to develop, construct and operate renewable projects.

Over the last 20 years, EuroCape new energy has developed a high level of competence in the sector of wind and solar industries with the goal of becoming the fastest-growing energy markets with solid wind and solar resources, well-developed infrastructures under favorable regulations.

In France, they have developed a profile of projects worth more than 100MW over the time span of the last 10 years with its involvement in Greenfield project developments and wind energy projects acquired from third parties on a strategic basis.

  • Founded: Around early 2000s
  • Headquarters: Monaco
  • Company Size: 51-200
  • Sector: Wind energy, solar energy
  • Specialties: Biggest onshore wind farm in Europe, clean power production, houses supplied with clean energy
  • Website: https://www.eurocape.eu/en/index

 

  1. EVERGAZ

EVERGAZ falls under one of the evolving renewable energy companies in France that developed, own, and operates a fleet of biogas production gas catering to three areas of expertise like consultancy for anaerobic digestion projects, project development and ownership, and long term operation of territorial anaerobic digestion units.

Ever since its establishment in 2008, its prime focus has been in federating the actors of the territories like farmers, industrialists, and communities to provide sustainable management and treatment of organic waste with the focus of producing green energy and natural fertilizer.

A sector with a bright future, it follows a 100% energy production method that produces green energy in the form of gas, electricity, heat along natural fertilizers.

  • Founded: 2008
  • Headquarters: Paris, IDF
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Sector: Biogas
  • Specialties: Biogas plant, biogas business, anaerobic digestion projects, treats organic waste
  • Website: https://en.evergaz.com/ 

 

  1. Eco power

Talking about renewable energy companies in France, Global Eco power aims to develop, build and operate as a stand-alone power plant in the country.

Since 2009, Eco power has been highlighting the importance of using solar hot systems to benefit from the free hot water with the energy source of the sun and using Eco pellet boilers as a smart, space-saving heating system taken directly from the factory, further showcasing an outstanding collection of outdoor dual function wood burners/ grills.

Global Eco power looks at all stages of development leading to production processes under careful scrutiny and incorporating founders to internalize them in as many tasks as possible while working with the best professionals in the field.

  • Founded: 2009
  • Headquarters: Aix en Provence
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Sector: Solar energy
  • Specialties: Renewable energies, Turnkey construction, and Audit
  • Website: https://www.ecopowereurope.com/

 

  1. NAWATechnologies

NAWATechnologies is an innovative, economically competitive, and reliable renewable resource in France that relies on environmentally friendly Ultra- Fast Carbon battery and nanotechnology. This groundbreaking technology stores more electricity, more rapidly to be used in telephones, cars, buildings as renewable energies.

Since 2013, the technologies made with nanomaterials help reduce CO2 emissions at a competitive and technologically advanced rate.

As of now, they have focused on growing market segments of smart cities and smart grids and even received the "best innovation" price from EARTH in 2015.

  • Founded: 2013
  • Headquarters: ROUSSET
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Sector: Nanotechnology
  • Specialties: Nanotechnologies, Fast charging Batteries, Energy storage, Thermal Interface Materials, Black coating, Nano Carbon Cables, Electrodes, VACNT - Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes, Ultra Capacitors (UCAP), Equipment for VACNT, Energy Transition, and EDLC.
  • Website: http://www.nawatechnologies.com/en/home-english/

 

  1. Avril

Avril is a part of the prominent France renewable energy companies that has established itself as a prime industrial and financial actor of the oilseeds and protein sectors. It aspires to create sustainable value in the vegetable oils and proteins sector as well as contributing to better foods for humans and the preservation of the planet.

Currently working in 21 countries, the Avril Group has achieved a turnover worth of €6.2 billion with programs focusing on energy saving and energy source diversification that started in the Group's factories itself. 

To ensure long-term markets for French agricultural products, farmers are trained in improving rapeseed growing practices, taking measures to optimize their energy performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions ever since 1983.

 

  1. NASKEO

NASKEO is one of the profound French energy companies that specializes in agricultural territorial methanation and excels at developing, designing, constructing, and maintaining biogas units to enable the treatment, disposal of waste all the while guaranteeing renewable energy production through the use of biogas.

Since its establishment in 2005, NASKEO has been supporting farmers in their anaerobic digestion project starting from feasibility study, preparation of subsidy files in order to help construct and maintain anaerobic units as a whole.

As of now, NASKEO has 30 methanation units in operation, available both in the dry and liquid process with the aim to encourage people to use this effective biomass system in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the environment.

  • Founded: 2005
  • Headquarters: Malakoff
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Sector: Biomass
  • Specialties: Methanisation, biogas, biomethane
  • Website: http://naskeo.com/en/biogaz/

 

  1. Solar Century

Solar Century is a leading global solar power company that develops, constructs, owns and operates utility-scale solar and smart technology who wants to create a meaningful difference in the fight against climate chaos through widespread adoption of solar power.

Ever since its establishment in 1998, its projects have generated 6 billion kWh of clean electricity, saving over 1.7 million tons of CO2 emissions. As a part of a charity program, Solar Aid is helping combat poverty and climate change by providing access to solar lights and helping to eradicate the kerosene lamp.  

After joining forces with Statkraft, Solar century expanded hydropower projects internationally and became successful in claiming Europe's largest generator of renewable energy.  

  • Founded: 1998
  • Headquarters: London, London
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Sector: Solar power
  • Specialties: Solar PV panels, Design Solar PV, large scale commercial Solar PV projects, Engineering, project management, procurement, solar development, utility solar, renewable energy, alternative energy, solar electricity, and solar farms
  • Website: https://www.solarcentury.com  

 

  1. Neoen

Neoen boasts of being the world's leading and fastest-growing independent producer of the most competitive renewable electricity in a sustainable amount and on a large scale.

Founded in 2008, it has come a long way as a part of French Energy Companies with a capacity of more than 4 GW in operation or under construction and a track record of numerous landmark projects.

As a high-growth company currently active in 11 countries, their geographical and technological diversity are key assets to determine ultimate development and performance with their "develop to own" business model.

  • Founded: 2008
  • Headquarters: Paris, Ile de France
  • Number of employees: 201-500
  • Sector: Solar power, wind power, storage
  •  Specialties: The world's first biggest battery, booming solar project, most powerful solar farm, world's largest lithium-ion plant.
  • Website: https://www.neoen.com/en/

 

  1. CNR

CNR is the leading renewable energies company in France that produces electricity from 100% renewable sources (water, wind, sun) for hydroelectricity production, navigation, irrigation while respecting nature.

Established in 1933, CNR stands out for its industrial model built around regional development and its unique system of sharing values with its stakeholders. CNR offers the services in management and valuation of intermittent energies and engineering expertise to third parties in France and internationally.

Since renewable energy is the driving force of CNR, they have a general interest in the service of the territories while aiming for sustainable agriculture as a part of long-term commitment. More than 700 projects are carried out in renewable energies, river transport, tourist development, river tourism, and sustainable agriculture to prove that fact. 

  • Founded: 1933
  • Headquarters: Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Sector: Solar power, hydropower, wind power
  • Specialties: Wide gauge navigation waterways, solar power plants, wind farms, hydropower plants, river engineering
  • Website: https://www.cnr.tm.fr/en

 

Conclusion: 

France has a relatively low-carbon electric mix owing to its large nuclear plants, however, many of these reactors are reaching their end-life. Thus the country has started its transition towards green and clean energy by designing a national low-carbon strategy, carbon budgets, and a proper planning framework for energy investment. 

The support from the government which has eased down the regulatory policies has enabled renewable energy companies in France to expand their business and make investments in newer and effective technologies. 

However, the country needs to have long-term planning for financing the energy transition and ensure a consistent supply of energy while reducing the share of nuclear power and fossil energies. Moreover, the current efforts towards market opening and competition in electricity and gas markets need to be strengthened for them to achieve their ambitious goals. 

To recap, here are the top 15 renewable energy companies in France:

S.No

Company

1

Volatalia

2

ERGOSUP

3

EOLFI

4

Waga Energy

5

New World Wind

6

Prodeval

7

EuroCape

8

Evergaz

9

Eco Power

10

NAWA Technologies

11

Avril

12

NASKEO

13

Solar Century

14

Neoen

15

CNR



 

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