December 14, 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.