The Noé Fund (Nature Option Énergie) was set up in 2003 by CNR to finance research in, and the development and construction of, new renewable electricity techniques in wind power, solar power and hydroelectricity.
This fund is fuelled by the clients of CNR’s AlpEnergie Noé offer marketed by ENALP. CNR and its clients use it as a lever to work actively in favour of developing renewable energies. Since it was created, the Noé Fund has financed the following projects:
Wind field mapping study
This project, performed by the Fluid and Acoustics Laboratory of Lyon, involves the 3D mapping of a wind field in a complex environment. This research, carried out close to CNR’s hydropower plant at Bollène, focuses on winds that can be exploited by small and medium sized wind turbines (from 1 to 25kW installed capacity) which can be installed on private property.
Prototype testing of small wind turbines
Following this mapping study, CNR installed two small wind turbines in the windiest areas to test their potential.
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Financing a purchase price for small wind turbines
Many small wind turbines installed by private individuals, local authorities and industrial companies are not located in wind power development zones and cannot profit from the purchase price fixed by the State. CNR offers to purchase their energy for an interesting price.
An electric shuttle for learning about renewable energies
The 100% electric, solar powered boat, NOEMIE, has sailed on the Rhone since 2012, offering pedagogical activities on renewable energies to the general public and schools.
Coupling batteries with solar power production
CNR is experimenting with an energy management solution by coupling a solar power plant linked to the electricity grid to batteries. Part of the electricity generated during the day is stored in batteries and fed back to the grid during the night as a function of consumer needs.