In 1990, we inaugurated our first wind park, a 1.05MW installation designed to assess the operational requirements and performance of different wind turbines. Since then, we have installed wind and photovoltaic systems totalling 13MW and 41MW respectively, which account for 35% of the island’s total renewable energy capacity. In addition, we have established other facilities over the years to support and boost our R&D activities, such as: the D-ALiX High Availability Datacentre, a wind tunnel for civilian R&D use, the GCC-ITER power-generation control centre, or the dedicated laboratories for research into photovoltaics (SiCellLab), underground gases and water chemistry and isotopes, and electronics.
On another front, in order to bring our research and projects closer to both the resident population and visitors to the island, we pay special attention to public information, education and social awareness. In support of these activities, we have a number of facilities, including a bioclimatic homes development, a technology-themed trail and a visitors’ centre, which receive more than 10,000 visitors a year.