(RTE) Creating the multi-purpose maritime platform of the future – STUDENTS / RESEARCHERS / ASSOCIATIONS


Creative Ideas Tech & IT

Location (s):

  • France
  • Worldwide


Creating the multi-purpose maritime platform of the future – help to design its innovative services. Do you dream of taking part in cutting-edge national projects in the maritime sector that feature a major innovative aspect? Are you passionate about applying the latest digital technology to the marine world? Is protecting the marine environment and its biodiversity something you value? Do you think that successfully achieving energy transition is a key challenge? Then RTE need you!


By 2025, a offshore wind farm of between 400 and 600 MW will be installed off Dunkirk. RTE, French manager of the Réseau de Transport d'Électricité, will be in charge of the electrical connection of this wind farm, including the design, implementation and operation of its first offshore electrical platform, whose primary purpose will be to transform the electricity produced by wind turbines at sea, and connect it to the national terrestrial electrical network. RTE is launching a challenge of open innovation to find other uses for this electric platform serving the territory. This exploratory observation aims to find possible ways innovate through the electric platform, serving the territories and many various of the sea.

How can new services be developed and showcased through the new maritime platform?

Your mission

Your idea should be innovative, bold and visionary, imagining the multiple purposes that tomorrow’s maritime platforms will fulfill.

You should put together your idea based on solid knowledge of the marine world to ensure that you have taken all of its environmental limitations into account and fully optimized your idea.

Be curious and daring – you have it in you!


This challenge begins with an exploratory debate opened by RTE on possible alternative-uses of the soon-to-be maritime platforms. The Communauté Urbaine of Dunkirk, as the hosting territory of the platform and experimental basin for new digital technologies, wishes to rely on this new platform to encourage innovation and the development of start-ups on the Dunkirk territory.

The projects will be reviewed by RTE in terms of their relevance but also their ability to be deployed, taking into account the environmental, economic, scientific ... aspects of the sea and the territory including Dunkirk and some constraints to respect (access, security, authorizations, design...).

RTE wants to make this experimental partnership a real promoting tool and innovation serving the territory and future sectors.

Design and submit ingenious solutions to improve the use of offshore electrical platforms and the integration of new high added-value services.


Réseau de Transport d’Electricité 

RTE – Réseau de Transport d’Electricité – is a service company.

Our central mission is to provide all of our customers with access to an affordable, safe and clean electricity supply.

RTE connects its customers using an adapted network and provides them with all the tools and services that allow them to make the grid work best for their needs, with a focus on economic efficiency, respect for the environment, and supply security. As such, RTE manages, maintains and develops the high- and extra-high-voltage transmission grid. It ensures the proper operation and safety of the electrical system.

RTE transmits electricity between electricity suppliers (both French and European) and consumers, whether they are electricity distributors or industry customers who are directly connected to the transmission grid. With 105,000 km of lines of between 63,000 and 400,000 volts and 50 cross-border lines, the French grid is connected to 33 European countries, providing electricity trading opportunities that are essential for optimum economic performance of the electricity grid.

RTE employs 8,500 people

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Participation to the Challenge is under the conditions of being a company:

  • registered on the trade register of the country in which their headquarters are based
  • with a valid professional insurance policy
  • able to supply a registration certificate issued within last three (3) months
  • certifying that they comply with the social and tax legislation to which they are subject


Deadline: April 01, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

Up for grabs for winners

  • First Team: A visit of an offshore site in a European destination
  • Second team: The second team will be invited to participate in an extraordinary experience at the heart of the network RTE (France). 
  • The teams selected will be invited to promote their ideas AT THE Seanergy forum in Dunkirk
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