Senvion says it has adapted its 6.2M152 wind turbines to accommodate a floating offshore foundation developed by the EolMed consortium, led by Quadran.
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency has awarded the consortium the construction of three to four Senvion 6.2M152 turbines for a pilot floating offshore wind farm in the French Mediterranean Sea. The first of its kind for France, the project is expected to be installed and commissioned in 2020, says Senvion.
“The Quadran group is proud of this success for itself and its partners: Senvion, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Ideol,” says Jérôme Billerey, managing director of Quadran.
The Senvion 6.2M152 features a rotor diameter of 152 meters. Thanks to a larger rotor diameter compared to that of its predecessor, the Senvion 6.2M126 (126 meters), the turbine’s energy yield at wind speeds of 9.5 m/s is increased by up to 20%, the manufacturer says. In addition, the 6.2M152, with a life span of 25 years, has a rated power of 6.15 MW and can supply roughly 4,000 homes with electricity, according to Senvion.
Billerey adds, “This project illustrates what our near future should be: more renewable energy for energy independence in the territories. EolMed is an additional step towards the energy transition to which France is committed. This will allow France to emerge with a new industrial sector ready to expand into the international market.”