Something seems to be moving in the French offshore wind sector
In their press release, the FEE – the French wind energy trade organization – indicates the somewhat ambitiously sounding objectives of 15 GW and 6GW of capacity installed for fixed and floating wind respectively by 2030.
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Alstom invests in floating wind R&D showing they expect it to play a significant part in the offshore wind sector of the future
Alstom to launch floating turbine research centre | Windpower Offshore
- Technology: PowerBuoy
- Location: Victoria, Australia
- Total peak power capacity: >60 MW
Further the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approval, Principle Power can now submit a formal plan for the deployment of 5x 6MW WindFloat floating wind turbines off the Oregon coast (Coos Bay)
A 2MW WindFloat prototype unit has been in operation offshore of the Portuguese coast since late 2011
The German Engineering and Consulting company GICON GmbH has been leading a project aimed at developing a new floating TLP foundation design for wind turbines: The GICON® SOF (Schwimmendes Offshore Fundament).
Important milestones were achieved in 2013 with more tow, wave and wind tank tests carried out on both 1:25 and 1:37 scale models as well as a cooperation agreement signed with Fraunhofer IWES, the applied research and development Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology.
GICON indicate they are still on schedule with their plans to produce a full scale prototype in 2014 to be deployed off the north Germany coast, albeit so far we could not find any indication of the site.