Meet the Team: Nicolas Larivière-Gillet, Business Development Engineer

At Innosea, our teams are constantly expanding, into more locations, in expertise and in sectors of influence, so that our people can truly drive safety and sustainability across our energy and oceans.

Our people are at the heart of what we do, and we invite you to get to know our team members so you can meet the energy behind change.

This week, we speak to Nicolas Larivière-Gillet, Business development Engineer at Innosea.

Position: Business Developer Engineer

Office: Nantes

Hobbies: Sports: mountain biking, hiking, squash, volleyball and kitesurfing. I also love to cook.

Favourite Movie: ‘Into the Wild’ or cook books

What does your day-to-day look like at Innosea?

“A typical day for me at Innosea starts with checking my emails to ensure prompt communication with colleagues and clients, addressing any immediate concerns or tasks. I then review the status of my deals and tasks in our CRM and Task Planner, setting my priorities for the day.

Throughout the day, I spend a significant amount of time writing or calling clients, preparing tender documents, and participating in both internal meetings and discussions with clients or partners”

As the day concludes, I review my schedule to ensure all meetings for the following day are well-prepared and update our CRM to maintain organized and accurate records. At the end of each week, I verify and summarize the week’s commercial activities to present to my team.

What inspired you to join your industry?

During high school, I observed the increasing installation of wind turbines, which sparked my interest in the broader energy sector. This interest led me to pursue a university education focused on energy. After completing my studies, I began my career with an onshore wind developer. While I found the industry rewarding, attending the Seanergy conference ignited a passion for the marine renewable energy sector and I decided that I wanted to take part of it. I resumed my studies to specialise in marine renewables, and here I am!

Can you tell us about something exciting you are working on right now?

I am currently engaged in several Floating Photovoltaic (FPV) tenders, which are at various stages of development. The floating solar market has seen significant growth in recent years and is projected to exceed $30 billion by 2030—an increase of sevenfold from its 2022 market size.

This expansion is primarily driven by developments in Asia, with numerous projects exceeding 100 MW. Europe also shows considerable potential, particularly with the utilization of old quarries, lakes, and dam reservoirs.

Additionally, there is a promising opportunity for hybridization with bottom-fixed or floating offshore wind systems, with the first project potentially emerging in the Netherlands. I am also actively involved in the EU-SCORES R&D project, funded under the Horizon 2020 Green Deal. This initiative aims to demonstrate the integration of multiple energy sources, such as solar and wave energy, with offshore wind.

What does the future look like in energy and oceans in France?

Definitely Blue! France has successfully launched its first commercial offshore wind projects, which are now operational. I live near one of these installations and I often find it really uplifting to see the turbines spinning from the beach. It’s a constant reminder of the progress we’re making.

We’ve also had some fantastic news with the award of the first floating offshore wind project, AO5. Congrats to everyone involved! And there’s so much more on the horizon. The ambition in this sector is sky-high and it’s really exciting to be part of it.

But it’s not just about wind energy. We’re seeing promising projects in floating solar, wave energy, and the tidal industry too. These areas are showing a lot of potential, and I’m hopeful they’ll follow the same successful path as floating wind. The future for France’s energy and ocean sectors looks very bright and full of possibilities.

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Nicolas Larivière-Gillet will be joining the Innosea team at this year’s Bluesign’s Seanergy 2024. Find out more about Innosea’s delegation and how to book a meeting with Nicolas to discuss your renewable energy projects: