The role of the state in environmental services innovations

Henri Boyé

Energy and water consultant

The public sector’s power to encourage innovation is significant and frequently underestimated. Its support, which takes a variety of forms, is always useful. This article presents the testimony of a retired senior technical officer, Henri Boyé, Honorary General Engineer of the Corps of Bridges, Waters and Forests, formerly Director for Africa at EDF and Energy and Climate Coordinator for the CGEDD, today an international water and energy consultant who is very involved in state support for innovation in France as well as in Europe and Africa. He describes an example of state-supported innovation in renewable marine energy: the oscillating membrane tidal power generator from EEL Energy.