Two-Turbine Floater Starts Sea Trials

EnBW and aerodyn engineering have started testing the scaled-down version of the Nezzy² floating wind turbine in Greifswald Bay in the German Baltic Sea.

Two-Turbine Floater Starts Sea Trials
EnBW/aerodyn. Photographer: Jan Oelker

The 18 metre tall, 1:10-scale prototype consists of two wind turbines on a floating platform made of precast concrete elements.

The prototype was recently lowered into the water at the quay in Vierow harbor.

Prior to heading out to the sea for tests, the platform was put through paces earlier this year in a flooded gravel pit near Bremerhaven.

Now, the turbine is floating 650 metres off Vierow port, where it is anchored to the seabed with lines.

After the approval by the responsible authority, the two companies will examine how the floating turbine performs in wind and wave conditions.

If the Baltic Sea trials are successful, a full-scale version of Nezzy² will be put through its paces in China in late 2021 or early 2022.

EnBW has once again identified France as an especially attractive market for the deployment of the new technology.