The French marine energy company Naval Energies announced this past week that it will stop all investment in its tidal energy business. Naval Energies' subsidiaries, OpenHydro Group and its sister organization OpenHydro Technologies, have entered the liquidation process following the decision.
The bottom line: Naval Energies cited slow growth and a closing of the tidal energy market as a reason for their decision. At the time of investment Naval Energies was expecting the tidal energy sector to mature rapidly, anticipating a turnover of €1 billion by 2025. While the industry still has a great deal of potential, most investors simply don’t have the patience or risk appetite for these technologies.