Ideol demonstrator to use Vestas turbine

FRANCE: Vestas is set to supply the 2MW turbine for Ideol's floating offshore wind platform currently under construction in St-Nazaire, CEO Paul de la Gueriviere has revealed.

A recent image from Ideol's live camera feed of the floatgen platform under construction
A recent image from Ideol's live camera feed of the floatgen platform under construction

Gamesa was originally tipped to provide the turbine for the Floatgen demonstrator. That fell through, however, when Adwen — the Gamesa-Areva offshore joint venture — decided not to be involved in the project.

The Vestas machine arrived at St-Nazaire in June and will undergo "minor modifications", Ideol said, before being loaded onto the concrete floater.

Bouygues Travaux Pulics is building the concrete floater, while a consortium led by Breton company Le Beon Manufacturing is supplying the anchors and mooring system.

All being well, the demonstrator will be installed at the SEM-REV test site, off the coast from Le Croisic, west France, next summer.

Ideol has also been selected in partnership with Quadran to build a pilot floating project, consisting of four turbines, at Le Gruissan in the Mediterranean Sea, and is about to start work constructing two demonstrators in Japan.

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