BW Ideol, a company building concrete foundation for floating wind industry, said Monday that its 5-year-old Floatgen demonstrator continued strong operations, showing a capacity factor of nearly 60% over the last three months and a production of 25GWh since its 2018 commissioning.
Floatgen is a 2 MW demonstrator equipped with the world’s first concrete hull for floating offshore wind It is operating in 33 metres water depth off the coast of Le Croisic (Western France) since 2018. It provides electricity to approximately 3,000 households.
"France’s first and only floating wind turbine continues to prove its reliable performance capabilities and delivered an average capacity factor of 59.2% over a 3-month period ranging from November 2022 to January 2023. The 25 GWh-milestone was reached just after the major Atlantic storm Gerard in late January," BW Ideol said.
According to BW Ideol, the Floatgen turbine, mounted on BW Ideol’s patented Damping Pool foundation, handled wind speeds up to 37.30 metres per second (equivalent to 134 km/h) and up to 5.5 metres of significant wave height (equivalent to around 10.5 meters maximum wave height).
Paul de la Guérivière, the CEO of BW Ideol said:"Floatgen – one of the few floating wind turbines currently in operation across the globe - continues to deliver outstanding results in terms of reliability, efficiency and production. It keeps on validating the merits of our unique floating offshore wind technology, even in the harshest environments. Such repeated performance, high availability and consequently high capacity factor underlines the benefits of floating wind and its ability to capture the best possible wind resources without depth constraints, contributing to a much needed energy resilience in the process."