Vertical axis turbines for the Mediterranean

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012 - 14:45

Ten project partners from six European countries launched the Inflow ("Industrialization setup of a floating offshore wind turbine") research project in Paris. A floating vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) will be installed in the Mediterranean as part of the demonstration project headed by the French plant engineering company Technip. Once the turbine prototype developed within the scope of the preceding Vertiwind project is installed, the offshore test site will be the first one worldwide to have multiple floating wind turbines.

 “This project is a big step towards commercializing floating wind turbines. Inflow will overcome the limitations of turbine sites due to water depth and open up new possibilities for offshore wind energy,” says project manager Migel Harismendy of Technip.

The project, which will run for four years, is sponsored by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. Inflow’s main objective is to optimize the VAWT prototypes and manage all aspects of the transition to a feasible industrialization stage. The long-term goal is to set up an offshore wind farm with a total capacity of 26 megawatts.

Besides Technip, project partners include Alstom Hydro España, the Technical University of Denmark, Fraunhofer IWES, and EDF Energies Nouvelles.

Katharina Garus

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