October 13 (Renewables Now) - The 2-MW Floatgen floating wind demonstration project, France's first offshore wind turbine, was inaugurated today at the Saint Nazaire port.
The floating system will be towed to the SEM-REV test site 22 km (13.7m) off the Le Croisic coast.
The project involves seven European partners and is coordinated by French floating foundation developer Ideol. It also includes Bouygues Travaux Publics, which built the floating foundation, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Stuttgart University, RSK Group, Zabala and Fraunhofer-IWES.
French wind industry body France Energie Eolienne welcomed the inauguration and said it is a good signal for the offshore wind industry and bodes well for the future of floating wind power in France. It noted that the French government awarded four floating wind pilot projects in 2016 for commissioning by 2020-2021. The sector is currently taking part in discussions to identify areas suitable for future commercial projects, the body said.