French firms ink deal for floating wind turbine

French companies Alstom and DCNS have signed an agreement to develop floating wind turbine technology and bring it to market. Dubbed ‘SEA REED’, the project has received funding worth €6 […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

French companies Alstom and DCNS have signed an agreement to develop floating wind turbine technology and bring it to market.

Dubbed ‘SEA REED’, the project has received funding worth €6 million (£4.7m) from the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, known as Ademe, for the study and certification phase.

The firms will work together to initially produce a 6MW floating turbine by 2017 prior to deploying pilot and commercial farms.

Jérôme Pécresse, Alstom Renewable Power Chairman said: “By combining the technology of our Haliade offshore wind turbine with DCNS’ unique expertise in the maritime field, we are merging our respective know-hows as early as possible in the process so we can work together at developing an innovative, competitive energy solution.”