Floatgen project partners are scheduled to inaugurate the 2MW floating wind turbine today, 13 October, after it was fully assembled at the Saint Nazaire port in France.
The Floatgen system consists of a Vestas V80 wind turbine mounted on a square ring-shaped floating foundation, known as the Damping Pool, developed and patented by Ideol and built by Bouygues Travaux Publics.
The turbine – first of its kind in France – will be towed and installed off the coast of Le Croisic, in Brittany, at the SEM-REV test site. In July of this year, France-based offshore services provider Bourbon completed the installation of the mooring system for the turbine at the site.
Floatgen will be installed for an initial period of two years and the electricity generated will be fed into the national power grid throughout the operational period.
The project is a joint venture between Ideol (the lead developer of the project), Bouygues Travaux Publics, Centrale Nantes engineering school, RSK Group, Zabala, the University of Stuttgart, and Fraunhofer IWES.
Once installed at the SEM-REV site, the floater will be operated by Centrale Nantes engineering school.
[More to follow.]
Offshore WIND Staff