28 Jul '14, 9am

First 2MW Vertiwind vertical-axis prototype built

First 2MW Vertiwind vertical-axis prototype built

The project was launched in 2006 by Nénuphar, a Lille-based company co-founded by Charles Smadja and Frédéric Silvert. View full size picture of the Vertiwind turbine . EDF Energies Nouvelles and Technip have since come on board as partners, with Technip responsible for designing the platform, mooring system and connection cable as well as on-site installation. The prototype, which has been operating since May, is real size but consists of the first of what will eventually be three levels of blades. A prototype is now scheduled for 2017 at the Mistral test site 5 kilometres off nearby Port-St-Louis. It will be followed by a pilot farm of 13 turbines installed 23 kilometres offshore. The next stage will be to replace this first version with a second prototype comprising all three levels. It will be installed at the same test site at Fos-sur-Mer, near Marseilles, in 2015. In...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1305428/first-2mw...

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