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SBM Offshore/IFPEN chosen by EDF Energies Nouvelles to develop floating wind systems off the French coast

16 November 2016

EDF Energies Nouvelles has chosen the floating and mooring solution developed by SBM Offshore and IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) for its Provence Grand Large project [1] following its winning tender in the call for projects for floating offshore wind turbines launched by the French government in August 2015. This innovative solution, adapted to the specific needs of floating offshore wind farms, was developed by SBM Offshore and IFPEN as part of their technological partnership.

The SBM Offshore/IFPEN technology uses a light platform and optimized mooring system helping to significantly improve the competitiveness of floating turbine projects. Operating costs are also reduced thanks to exceptional stability which reduces the constraints and puts less stress on the turbine. The floating system is compatible with all turbines available on the market and uses field-proven offshore components to guarantee the highest possible reliability. Finally, this solution can be easily assembled and deployed without needing specific infrastructure to construct and deploy the floaters and turbines.

Sharing the complementary know-how and experience of IFPEN and SBM Offshore was essential in developing this very high-performing floating system. SBM Offshore, global leader in floating systems for the energy industry, has been developing and installing floating platforms and mooring systems for offshore oil and gas for over half a century. IFPEN uses its experience in offshore oil and gas to offer advanced technologies for every part of the offshore wind energy value chain, from resource evaluation to platform design.

IFPEN's aim is to meet the technological and economical challenges of a new renewable energy sector - reducing the cost of producing electricity - as well as helping to speed its industrialization. IFPEN is thus working on an integrated active wind turbine control system and on optimizing the design of fixed and floating wind turbines using the coupled simulation tool  DeepLines Wind™.

Daniel AVERBUCH - © IFPEN - Objectif Images - Laurent Wargon

"The selection of the SBM Offshore/IFPEN solution by EDF Energies Nouvelles is testimony to the successful partnership between a research and innovation actor committed to energy transition and a market-leading manufacturer to provide the best technical and economic solutions for floating foundations", concluded Daniel Averbuch, Offshore wind and Ocean Energy Program Manager at IFPEN.
> Interview of Daniel Averbuch (in French)


[1] Following the call for projects by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe), the French government announced on 4 November that the project had been selected for the Provence Grand Large pilot floating wind farm project to be implemented by EDF Energies Nouvelles in the Faraman zone of the Mediterranean. EDF Energies Nouvelles will entrust the design, supply and installation of the turnkey floating and anchoring system to SBM Offshore for the Provence Grand Large project. IFPEN will carry out a series of advanced engineering studies on behalf of SBM Offshore.

 + Industrial development > Offshore wind and ocean energies

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