Alstom says it has inaugurated a 6 MW offshore wind turbine in France, at Carnet in the Loire-Atlantique.
The 6 MW Haliade 150 wind turbine was developed in response to a call for tenders launched by the French government in July 2011 that aims to install 3 GW of wind power off French shores by 2015.
The Carnet site, located near Saint-Nazaire on the shores of the estuary, was chosen for its geological characteristics that are very similar to the submarine environment in which the wind turbines will eventually be installed. The 25-meter sub-structure was installed on pillars driven more than 30 meters into the ground on which the 75-meter-high tower was then gradually mounted.
In preparation for its certification, the first Haliade 150 will undergo a series of yearlong tests on land at the Carnet site, before a second turbine is placed in the sea off the Belgian coast in autumn 2012. Pre-series production is planned for 2013, with production in series due to start in 2014.