Introducing the project

EuroSwac: a cross-border project to develop an innovative and environmentally friendly seawater air conditioning solution for the Channel

Drawing on the complementary expertise of 11 partners from the academic and industrial fields, the EuroSwac project will adapt a SWAC (seawater air conditioning) technology to the salty waters of the English Channel, which to date has been used mainly at a few sites in tropical areas and in the Mediterranean. Continental SWAC is expected to bring major benefits in terms of reducing CO2 emissions, land use, operating costs and energy bills for end-users.

The project is planned for a three-year period and has a total budget of 20.5 million euros, of which 8.9 million euros are financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg France (Manche) England (FMA) programme.

The partnership, led by EDF, has 7 partners from the north of France, mostly, and four partners from the south of England. It will design a prototype solution for producing economical and environmentally friendly cold, using Seawater from the English Channel, a renewable energy source, as a refrigerant, and exploiting the temperature difference between cold sea water and outdoor air temperature.

The partnership also aims to develop methods to reduce implementation costs and optimize adaptation to different sites to promote the development of this solution in the Channel area. 

The deployment of 35 SWAAs is envisaged by 2030, creating 250 jobs, attracting 85 million euros of investment, and reducing indirect CO2 emissions from air conditioning by 30%.