In September 2013, the French government launched a call for expressions of interest for installation of pilot tidal energy farms in the Raz Blanchard zone, near the port of Cherbourg.

In its announcement about the new legal entity Airborne states that it "strongly believes that a local facility supporting the tidal energy projects of Tidalys and others in the Raz Blanchard is crucial to the success of the now emerging tidal industry."

Airborne expects to have its legal presence in France in effect as of 30 April 2014.

The company says it is also preparing for the commercial tidal farms that are expected to be realised from 2018 onwards.

Composite blades

Airborne, which develops composite products for the oil and gas, aerospace and marine industries, wants to be become a leading manufacturer of composite blades for tidal energy turbines

Airborne’s Marine division manufactures the blades using the vacuum-assisted resin transfer moulding (VA-RTM) and epoxy resin reinforced with glass and/or carbon fibre non-crimp fabrics.