Senvion, a global manufacturer of wind turbines, has especially adapted its 6.2M152 wind turbine to the floating offshore foundation developed by the EolMed consortium, led by Quadran.
The French environment and energy management Agency (ADEME) has awarded EolMed for the construction of up to four Senvion 6.2M152 in the French Mediterranean Sea for the first floating pilot wind farm in France. The wind farm is set for installation and commissioning in 2020.
“The Senvion 6.2M152 is the best fitting turbine and as a flexible company, we are happy to now also provide solutions for floating offshore projects,” said Jürgen Geissinger, CEO at Senvion. “We are looking forward to kick-off our campaign with this project in France, where we have proven track record and are very well-positioned on site.”
The pilot wind farm is located in Gruissan, Southern France. Depending on ADEME’s decision, between three and four Senvion 6.2M152 turbines will be installed.
“For this first pilot floating offshore wind farm in France, Senvion is pleased to offer its capacity for innovation and to leverage its pioneer role in the French wind-energy field,” said Olivier Perot, Managing Director of Senvion France. Senvion has substantial offshore experience with over 750 MW of installed capacity worldwide.
“Senvion is also pleased to have worked in close collaboration with the other partners in the EolMed consortium, Quadran, Idéol & Bouygues Travaux Publics, during the ‘Call for Project’ phase,” continued Perot. “The partners bring together excellent complementary skills to the consortium; Quadran for their development, system integration and operation experience, Idéol for the floater technology, and Bouygues Travaux Publics for their construction expertise. We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation with them during the execution and operation of this exciting and innovative project.”
The Senvion 6.2M152 features a rotor diameter of 152 m — with the rotors sweeping an area larger than three football pitches. Compared to its predecessor Senvion 6.2M126 (with a rotor diameter of 126 m), the new 6.2M152’s energy yield at wind speeds of 9.5 m/s is increased by up to 20%. The bigger rotor and correspondingly larger drivetrain enables Senvion’s customers to generate energy even more cost-efficiently on the high seas with the 6.2M152. This turbine also has a design life of 25 instead of 20 years.
“Since the beginning, it has been built in partnership with all stakeholders of the territory and the sea players, with a strong Public/Private partnership and collaborative approach,” said Jérôme Billerey, Managing Director of Quadran. “This project illustrates what our near future should be: more renewable energy for energy independence in the territories. EolMed is an additional step towards the energy transition to which France is committed. This will allow France to emerge with a new industrial sector ready to expand into the international market.”
With a rated power of 6.15 MW, each Senvion 6.2M152 turbine can supply around 4,000 homes with electricity.
Senvion was recently awarded the title of “Manufacturer of the Year” by the members of the jury for the Fifth Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala.
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