October 8th, 2022
EOLINK, along with 15 EU partners, kick starts the BLOW project, a pioneers floating offshore concept in LOW WIND Black Sea
Engineering firm Eolink along with fifteen European renewable energy partners gathered in Brussels on the 18th January to kick-start the launch of the Black sea Floating Offshore Wind (BLOW) project. The EU-backed scheme aims to install a 5MW floating wind turbine in the Black Sea off the Bulgarian coast in a crucial step toward a future of sustainable energy solutions.
The project is one of three to be awarded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme last year, all aimed at sustainable energy solutions, with a grant agreement signed at the end of 2022. BLOW will use Eolink’s wholly unique floating offshore wind turbine design, and aims to engineer, manufacture and commission the 5MW unit by 2025 before rolling out large-scale deployment as part of a wider industrialisation process. Eolink’s patented concept addresses ongoing industry issues by spreading the turbine’s stresses using four steel masts instead of one, offering a competitive weight-to-energy ratio that makes the overall structure more than 30% lighter.
Eolink’s CEO and Founder, former Renault engineer Marc Guyot, said: “The objective of this specific project is to demonstrate the competitiveness of floating offshore wind in lower-wind areas with the deployment of a large rotor diameter. Winning this award has allowed us to take one step further towards our ultimate goal: offering a viable energy source that is as low-carbon as possible.”
The sixteen European partners* include Spanish-based IREC and Acciona, the Turkish Offshore Wind Energy Association, German research organisation the Fraunhofer Institute, and the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland. The unit will be connected to an existing gas platform operated by Petroceltic, a Bulgarian oil and gas company. GSP offshore, a Romanian offshore services operating company, will manufacture the unit in their shipyard in Constanta (Romania).
“The World Bank 2021 report indicates there is vast technical potential in South East Europe, with a staggering 166 GW of floating offshore energy in the Black Sea alone, which is the equivalent of five times the electricity consumption of Bulgaria and Romania. Through this project we hope to catalyse offshore development across the region, which already has ongoing fixed-bottom offshore wind projects in Romania,” added Eolink's Chief Commercial Officer, Alain Morry.
The kick-off meeting last week laid out a development plan that will see an initial phase of engineering, environmental and social impact assessment before entering the construction phase. The unit will be designed to operate with maximum efficiency in the Black Sea, including adapting it with a larger rotor so it can generate more energy in low-wind areas.
The project marks Eolink’s second deployment of its patented concept in Europe after the France Atlantic Project, which aims to be connected to the French government grid by 2024.
October 8th, 2022
A great leap towards a 20 MW floating wind turbine : EOLINK winner of the CORIMER 2022 Awards for a project of 6.2 million euros !
In the context of the Call for Expressions of Interest CORIMER 2022, EOLINK and its partners - EVERAXIS INDUSTRIES, France Énergies Marines, IFREMER, Université Gustave Eiffel, WINDGLAZ - have been designated winners of the call for projects "Technological bricks and pre-industrial demonstrators" initiated by ADEME in February 2022 ("AAP DEMO TASE").
The HT-20MW project is supported by the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and led by EOLINK. The project is about the engineering, manufacturing, demonstration and certification of a high-voltage (66 kV) watertight rotating mechanical and electrical connection fully immersed under 30 meters and maintenance-free for 10 years.The budget is 6.2 million euros and the project will start in early 2023 for a 3-year period.
HT-20MW is the first program of its kind to integrate an electrical collector manufacturer, EVERAXIS INDUSRIES. This is a real asset that will enable the development of a solution suitable for floating wind turbines to ensure the export of electricity produced by the turbine.
The demonstration will be applied to a 20 MW floating wind turbine developed according to the EOLINK pyramidal concept and lab tank tests will be carried out in IFREMER's facilities at its #Brest site.
FRANCE ÉNERGIES MARINES will identify the failure modes of the dynamic electrical cables and propose a suitable in-service monitoring solution. The robustness of the latter will then be tested experimentally on specific aspects.
UNIVERSITÉ GUSTAVE EIFFEL is in charge of the design and execution of the fatigue tests of the synthetic anchorage line and the dynamic cables.
WINDGLAZ focuses on the definition of the global numerical model of the 20 MW wind turbine.
October 3rd, 2022
EOLINK has been awarded €14.9 million for the deployment of its 5MW floating wind turbine at the SEM-REV test site in France !
EOLINK, VALOREM & Ecole centrale de Nantes have received a €14.9m funding from the French funding programme “France 2030” by ADEME.
The project includes the manufacturing and the commissioning of an innovative floating wind turbine developed by EOLINK. Thanks to this project, the floating wind turbines will gain maturity for commercialization. In particular, the innovative solution developed by EOLINK leads to a significant cost of energy reduction thanks to a 30% lighter floating structure. The 5MW pre-commercial floating wind turbine will be commissioned in 2024 at the SEM-REV test site owned by Centrale Nantes.
Valorem is in charge of the turbine-float assembly and the Operation & Maintenance, Chantiers de l'Atlantique provides support regarding steel fabrication, while Eolink is the project designer and coordinator.
May 13th, 2022
Eolink 5 MW floating wind turbine gets Design Evaluation Conformity Statement by Bureau Veritas
Eolink has been granted Design Evaluation Conformity Statement by Bureau Veritas (BV), a leader in testing, inspection, and certification, for its 5MW pre-commercial unit to be implemented at SEM-REV test site in France.
The scope of the evaluation includes: the design basis and design evaluation, with an assessment of the integrated load analysis methodology. The assessment is made against BV NI572, which provides specific guidance and recommendations for the classification and certification of floating offshore wind turbines. The floating structure, its single point station keeping system and the primary and secondary steel have been evaluated. The certification also covers the impact of temporary phases (transportation and installation) on the design.
“Receiving the Bureau Veritas independent approval is an important milestone for the development of the Eolink technology. It is the result of a fruitful collaboration over two years with BV. This certification is a requirement for the final investment decision of our pre-commercial floating wind turbine” Eolink
“The decarbonization of electricity production is essential to manage the global warming. Derisking new technologies and supporting the development of Floating Wind Turbine is essential in that endeavor. We are pleased to support Eolink in their global and proactive approach in FOWT system design to help answer key industry challenges. Our fruitful collaboration during the certification process, and in particular during the independent modelling, led to an efficient and thorough verification of the floating substructure and its mooring system. We are looking forward to the next stage of their project" commented Laurent Leblanc, Senior Vice President Technical & Operations at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.
December 14th, 2020
5 MW FOWT demonstrator to be tested at Centrale Nantes' SEM-REV offshore test site
On December 3rd, Eolink and Centrale Nantes formally agreed to install a 5MW floating wind turbine at the SEMREV test site, off the coast of Le Croisic in France. Since hosting a 2MW floating wind turbine in 2018, Centrale Nantes is pushing ahead and is set to welcome Eolink shortly.
"Clean and economical energy production is within reach. Step by step, EOLINK is developing a simple and straightforward solution", Marc Guyot, CEO of Eolink.
In order to minimize development time and the associated risks, Eolink called upon Centrale Nantes whose SEM-REV test site is already connected to the national power grid by an underwater power cable, which is unique on the market today. An upgrade of the electrical network is also planned next year to accommodate this new turbine. The harsh wind and wave conditions at the SEM-REV site are ideal to fully test Eolink's floating wind turbine.
"With its offshore test site and advanced research on Marine Renewable Energies, Centrale Nantes confirms its position as an academic leader in the development of a new industrial sector in France", Jean-Baptiste Avrillier, Director of Centrale Nantes.
20 May 2020
EOLINK unveils its 5 MW FOWT demonstrator
EOLINK pursues the scaling methodology already deployed at 1/10th. Here, the 5 MW demonstrator represents a 12 MW FOWT at 3/4th scale, or even a 16 MW at 2/3rd. Extensive stress monitoring will enable structural assessment of larger turbines.
EOLINK points out that floating provides the unique opportunity to upscale turbines without any vibration or structural issues. The company expects to bring LCOE down to 35 €/MWh by 2030.
EOLINK 5 MW FOWT is compliant with several Mediterranean and Atlantic test-sites. Bureau Veritas has been contracted to assess the FOWT design.