Senvion picked to supply turbines for French floating wind farm

Germany-based Senvion will supply three or four of its 6.2M152 wind turbines to a French effort to install floating wind turbines in the Mediterranean Sea by 2020.

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Wind turbine manufacturer Senvion (Hamburg, Germany) reports that it has adapted its 6.2M152 wind turbine to the floating offshore foundation developed by the EolMed consortium, led by Quadran (Villeneuve-le-Béziers, France). The French environment and energy management Agency (ADEME) has granted EolMed the construction of three to four Senvion 6.2M152 turbines in the French Mediterranean Sea, for the first floating pilot wind farm in France, which is intended to be installed and commissioned in 2020.

The Senvion 6.2M152 features a rotor diameter of 152m, with the rotors sweeping an area larger than three football pitches. Thanks to a larger rotor diameter compared to its predecessor Senvion 6.2M126 (126m), the energy yield at wind speeds of 9.5 m/s is increased by up to 20%. The bigger rotor and correspondingly larger drive train, says Senvion, enables customers to generate energy more cost-efficiently on the high seas with the 6.2M152, which has a design life of 25 instead of 20 years. With a rated power of 6.15 MW, each Senvion 6.2M152 turbine can supply around 4,000 homes with electricity.

Jürgen Geissinger, CEO at Senvion, says, "As a pioneer in Offshore, Senvion has all the expertise and experience needed to successfully take the next steps in further improving the flexibility and usability of wind energy in different locations and different conditions. 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. 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, where, depending on the ADEME's decision, between three and four Senvion 6.2M152 turbines shall be installed.

Jérôme Billerey, managing director of Quadran, says, "The Quadran group is proud of this success for itself and its partners: Senvion, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Ideol. Eolmed project is a great opportunity for Occitanie region and France. 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. 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."