First floating-wind turbine installed off the French coast

The Floatgen European research project led by Ideol on offshore wind energy will be a first in France: the deployment of a 2MW integrated floating-wind turbine system, at the SEM-REV test site.

on January 10, 2017

The objective of the FLOATGEN project is to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of floating-wind turbines, in order to expand the development potential of offshore wind farms into windier and deeper waters that are not currently commercially viable and demonstrate the potential to cut costs in electricity generation. The project will also assess the performance of such combinations of wind turbines and floating structure technology to inform and improve the performance of future up-scaling projects of this technology.

The project includes the construction, installation and testing of a demonstrator consisting in a 2 MW horizontal axis wind turbine on a ring-shaped surface-floating platform designed by IDEOL. The floating system will be installed at SEM-REV, the Centrale Nantes offshore test site, located 12 nautical miles from the city of Le Croisic on the French Atlantic coast.

BOUYGUES Travaux Publics will lead the construction of the concrete floating foundation.

FLOATGEN is co-financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and is coordinated by Gamesa.

Published on March 29, 2017 Updated on July 3, 2017