Floatgen: creation and local impact of the first floating wind turbine in France – EMR en Pays de la Loire
Floatgen, France first floating wind park near Saint Nazaire, was completed in October. Offshore floating wind farms has been increasing this year.
Commercial floating wind projects are to be commissioned in UK, Ireland, France and Portugal in the coming years and developers expect wider deployment to drive down costs as projects benefit from installation experience, economies of series and rising investor confidence.
Scotland have been grabbing most of the floating wind turbine headlines.
However, it looks like France gets a turn in the spotlight now. Read More
Proponents say floating turbines could eclipse fixed-bottom ones in the long run.
The floating wind park in Scotland is producing it’s first energy. October 18, the windpark called Hywind Scotland has officially been opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Fixed-bottom turbines can only be installed at water depths down to 40 meters, making them little use for the steeply shelved coastlines of the US west coast or Japan.
If you look at coastlines around the world, there’s few that have sufficient area at depths down to 40 meters so if they want to deploy offshore wind, they need to introduce floating wind. Floating windfarms could be placed farther out to sea to avoid the sort of aesthetic objections that scuppered a £3.5b windfarm off the Dorset coast.
Thick mooring lines will tether the towers to the sea base. The turbines can operate in water up to a kilometre deep
World’s first floating wind farm emerges off the north-east coast of Scotland (UK). Over there, the waters are too deep for conventional bottom-standing turbines. That’s why manufacturer Statoil has chosen this floating technology. It’s a pilot for more deep ocean regions in the world like the west coast of the US en coasts of Japan.
“It’s a game-changer for floating wind power and we are sure it will help bring costs down,” said Leif Delp, project director for Hywind.