A crucial step of Floatgen’s installation successfully completed

The mooring system components were assembled and installed on the SEM-REV test site which will host Floatgen, 22 kilometers off the coast of Le Croisic in western France.

Image: FloatgenImage: Floatgen

This highly innovative system was conceived and engineered by Ideol, the internationally recognized leader in floating offshore wind. It is composed of 6 nylon mooring lines, a worldwide premiere for a permanent mooring system of such dimensions.

This installation took place as the construction of the concrete floating foundation built by Bouygues Travaux Publics in Saint-Nazaire is coming to an end. Once equipped with the wind turbine, the complete unit is expected to be tugged before the end of the year towards SEM-REV, the world’s 1st multiple MRE technology test site connected to the grid.

Destined to equip other MRE systems, the mooring system designed by Ideol must satisfy two sometimes contradictory requirements: 

  • a cost-competitive manufacturing and installation enabling the production of electricity at the lowest possible cost
  • the weathering of extreme environmental conditions such as high swell, biofouling, storms…

The engineering teams will monitor this innovative system during the entire project’s lifetime whilst several R&D projects are already underway to analyze and perhaps even improve this pioneering mooring system’s performance.

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