September 19 (Renewables Now) - France's first offshore wind turbine, Floatgen, became fully operational on September 18, it was announced today on the project's website.
After connection of the electricity export cable and final tests in recent days, the 2-MW floating wind turbine demonstrator has exported first power to the grid.
The turbine, installed 22 km (13.7 miles) off the coast of Le Croisic at the SEM-REV test site of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, will be supplying electricity to 5,000 people.
This is the first operational wind turbine that uses the floating foundation concept developed by French firm Ideol. A second unit of the Ideol foundation will soon go live offshore Japan.
Besides Ideol, the Floatgen project partners include Centrale Nantes, Bouygues Travaux Publics, the University of Stuttgart, RSK Group, Zabala and Fraunhofer IWES.