Canadian Company Supporting French Floating Offshore Wind


Vancouver Island, British Columbia-based AXYS Technologies Inc. is participating in a floating offshore wind development in French waters.

An AXYS WatchKeeper buoy will be deployed by French company Creocean on behalf of QUADRAN in a zone between Port-La Nouvelle and Gruissan. Over the next year, environmental data will be collected to support future design and financing decisions.

Developed 15 kilometers offshore from Gruissan, the EolMed project will demonstrate the viability of floating offshore wind energy.

The WatchKeeper buoy is equipped to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and directional waves. The buoy also uses an “AIS Aid to Navigation” device, which broadcasts buoy position and weather information to local vessel traffic. This protects the buoy from collision by notifying vessels of its location.

“AXYS is proud to be supporting Creocean with their environmental impact and assessment campaign with our real-time metocean buoy system,” comments Terry Tarle, president and CEO of AXYS Technologies. “We wish Creocean and Quadran success in their continued involvement in floating offshore wind development.”

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