France's first offshore turbine

FRANCE: The country's first offshore wind turbine -- a 2MW Vestas unit mounted on Ideol's Floatgen floating platform -- is now in place and undergoing final tests off the coast of Brittany.

(pic: Ideol/BYTP/Centrale Nantes)
(pic: Ideol/BYTP/Centrale Nantes)

On 29 April, Ideol’s pool-dampening concrete floater with turbine installed was towed from its manufacturing base at the St Nazaire quayside to its new home, the Ecole Centrale de Nantes’ SEM-REV offshore test site, 12km off the coast of Le Croisic.

Hook-up to the mooring lines, which were pre-laid in July 2017, was carried out over the next few days by Jifmar Offshore Services, followed by connection to the export cable and power grid after a final series of checks.

The floating structure has already been tested by rough north Atlantic weather — five-metre waves and wind speeds of 15m/s were experienced in the days immediately after installation. The demonstrator is expected to spend up to two years at the test site.

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