Senvion will be providing the turbines for the first floating wind farm in the French Mediterranean. The Senvion 6.2M152 turbines have been specially adapted for use on floating offshore foundations. The wind farm will be installed and put into operation by 2020.
The consortium EolMed has been nominated by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) to build the floating wind farm. The pilot wind farm is located in Gruissan, Southern France. Depending on what ADEME decides, either three or four Senvion 6.2M152 turbines will be installed there on floating foundations. With a rated capacity of 6.15 MW, each Senvion 6.2M152 can supply approximately 4,000 households with electricity. It is the most powerful offshore wind turbine in series production in the world to date.
Jürgen Geißinger, CEO at Senvion, said: "The Senvion 6.2M152 is not just an ideal offshore turbine, we are now also able to provide solutions for floating offshore projects." Olivier Perot, Managing Director of Senvion France, added: "During its 15 years of experience in France, Senvion has put 1,000 turbines into operation across the country. We currently have 14 locations in French regions." Senvion cooperated successfully with the partners in the EolMed consortium during the Call-for-Project phase. According to Perot, all partners bring excellent complementary skills to the consortium: Quadran has development, system integration and operation experience, Idéol has the floater technology and Bouygues Travaux Publics is contributing construction expertise
Jérôme Billerey, Managing Director of Quadran, commented on EolMed in a press release: "The EolMed project is a great opportunity for the Occitanie region and France. Everyone in the area who is involved in the project has helped to build a public-private partnership to jointly implement the project. This project is a taste of things to come: more renewables for more energy independence. EolMed is a further step for the French energy turnaround."
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