FR : Floating wind turbine - Launching VertiWind - General news news

FR : Floating wind turbine - Launching VertiWind

Published on General news  |  January 19, 2011, 13:12

Technip associated with Nenuphar, Converteam and EDF EN, announces VertiWind project based on the design, manufacture, installation and testing of a pre-industrial prototype of floating wind turbine.

The other project partners are Seal Engineering, ISITV, IFP Energies Nouvelles, Arts & Métiers, Bureau Veritas and Oceanide.

VertiWind concept offers new perspectives for the second generation of wind turbines "offshore" in many countries, especially in the Mediterranean, in Europe or the U.S.

Technip will be responsible for engineering float and its anchor, for the electric connection, turbine integration and assembly installation on site.

Nenuphar, the company which has developed wind turbine VertWind, managed a first fundraiser in November 2010 (3 million) from investors, including Idinvest Partners.

VertWind wind turbine main features:
- over 90 meters tall, with blades that rotate around a vertical axis
- the ability to float at sea, 200 meters deep and the shallow ( 10 meters)
- with electronic anti-vibration

Built in the laboratories of Arts and Crafts school in Lille, a 0.5-scale prototype, power of 35 kW, is currently in the testing phase on "Carrières" site, in Boulonnais.
Also, a large model, the natural scale, will be tested first on land, then at sea.

The VertWind project is labeled by Pole Mer PACA - Sea Innovation & Business Cluster,  and benefit from first funding of the investment program in the future,launched at the Grand Loan, under the auspices of the French Prime Minister, through ADEME (Agence de l'Environnment et de la Maitre de l'Energie - The French Agency for Environment and Energy Management).

After the first industrial floating wind turbine, Hywind (for Statoil, in Norway), successfully achieved, Technip is hoping to play a major role in designing offshore turbines of this type, participating in the development of a innovative industrial chain.

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