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Senvion 6.2M152 in the running for first floating French wind farm

Hamburg/Paris: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has especially adapted its 6.2M152 wind turbine to the floating offshore foundation developed by the EolMed consortium, led by Quadran. The French environment and energy management Agency (ADEME) has awarded EolMed for the construction of three to four Senvion 6.2M152 in the French Mediterranean Sea, for the first floating pilot wind farm in France which is intended to be installed and commissioned in 2020.

Senvion 6.2M152, Source: SenvionSenvion 6.2M152, Source: Senvion

Jürgen Geissinger, CEO at Senvion, says: "As a pioneer in Offshore, Senvion has all the expertise and experience needed to successfully take the next steps in further improving the flexibility and usability of wind energy in different locations and different conditions. The Senvion 6.2M152 is the best fitting turbine and as a flexible company, we are happy to now also provide solutions for floating offshore projects. We are looking forward to kick-off our campaign with this project in France, where we have proven track record and are very well-positioned on site." The pilot wind farm is located in Gruissan, Southern France, where, depending on the ADEME's decision, between three and four Senvion 6.2M152 turbines shall be installed.

Olivier Perot, Managing Director of Senvion France, adds: "Senvion has a unique experience in high-capacity offshore technology with over 750 MW installed capacity worldwide. For this first pilot floating offshore wind farm in France, Senvion is pleased to offer its capacity for innovation, and to leverage its pioneer role in the French wind energy field with a presence of 15 years with 1000 turbines in operation in the country, a strong footprint in France and dense territorial coverage with 14 locations in French regions. Senvion is pleased to have worked in close collaboration with the other partners in the EolMed consortium, Quadran, Idéol & Bouygues Travaux Publics, during the Call for Project phase. The partners bring together excellent complementary skills to the consortium; Quadran for their development, system integration and operation experience, Idéol for the floater technology and Bouygues Travaux Publics for their construction expertise. We look forward t o continuing our successful cooperation with them during the execution and operation of this exciting and innovative project."

Jérôme Billerey, Managing Director of Quadran, says: "The Quadran group is proud of this success for itself and its partners: Senvion, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Ideol. Eolmed project is a great opportunity for Occitanie region and France. Since the beginning, it has been built in partnership with all stakeholders of the territory and the sea players, with a strong Public/Private partnership and collaborative approach. 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."

The Senvion 6.2M152 features a rotor diameter of 152 metres, with the rotors sweeping an area larger than three football pitches. Thanks to a larger rotor diameter compared to its predecessor Senvion 6.2M126 (126 metres), the energy yield at wind speeds of 9.5 m/s is increased by up to 20%. The bigger rotor and correspondingly larger drive train combined with tried-and-tested, first-class technology enables Senvion customers to generate energy even more cost-efficiently on the high seas with the 6.2M152 with a design life of 25 instead of 20 years. With a rated power of 6.15 megawatts, each Senvion 6.2M152 turbine can supply around 4,000 homes with electricity.

To date, the Senvion 6.2M126 is the world's most powerful offshore wind turbine to be produced in series. Senvion began in the multi-megawatt category back in 2004 and ever since then has achieved a great deal of success. No other manufacturer today can compete with the Senvion offshore experience with more than 140 turbines from the 5 and 6 megawatt class installed on the high seas.

Verena Puth
Senvion, France, 6.2M152 wind turbine, floating offshore foundation, EolMed, Quadran, French Mediterranean Sea

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