Green light for floating wind turbines in the Gulf of Lion
Its promoters even describe this project as “a major step for the development of floating wind power in France”. No floating wind turbine is yet installed on the four French coasts. And this despite several applications selected following a call for projects launched by Ademe (Agency for the environment and energy management) in 2015 (see box below) and twelve projects expected by 2030.
France currently only has the 2 MW Floatgen demonstrator from École Centrale de Nantes off Le Croisic since 2017, designed by BW-ideol in La Ciotat, and the small-scale (1/10th) Eolink demonstrator developing 200 kW , since 2018, on the Ifremer experimental site in Sainte-Anne-du-Portzic.