Alstom and DCNS have signed a partnership agreement to develop and commercialize an integrated system for a 6 MW floating wind turbine.
The France-based companies say they will combine their respective skills as turbine manufacturer and naval architect to produce an initial turbine by 2017. The machine will feature a semi-submersible floating system developed by DCNS and Alstom's Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine. Named Sea Reed, the project has received EUR 6 million in funding from French agency ADEME to support the certification phase.
To begin with, both partners will work together at optimizing the interface between the two systems. Alstom will be in charge of studies to adapt and integrate the Haliade with the floating system. For its part, DCNS will conduct studies on the behavior, sizing, industrialization and installation of the floating system combined with the turbine.
"By combining the technology of our Haliade offshore wind turbine with DCNS' unique expertise in the maritime field, we are merging our respective know-hows as early as possible in the process so we can work together at developing an innovative, competitive energy solution," says Jerome Pecresse, chairman of Alstom Renewable Power.