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Technip launches Vertiwind floating wind turbine project

19 Jan 2011

Energy developer Technip, which worked with Statoil on the Hywind floating wind turbine in Norway, is launching the Vertiwind project to test a pre-industrial prototype of a vertical-axis offshore floating wind turbine.

Floating wind start-up Nénuphar, power conversion engineers Converteam and EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewables division of French utility EDF, are also involved in the project.

Technip is responsible for the design of the floater, mooring system, dynamic electrical connection cable, turbine integration as well as on-site installation.

Paris-listed Technip, which carries out engineering and construction for the oil and gas industry, oversaw the floater and installation of the Hywind project, the first industrial size floating wind turbine, built by Statoil off the coast of Norway.

Unlike Hywind, which used a conventional three-bladed, horizontal-axis turbine moored offshore, Nénuphar’s concept uses a vertical axis of rotation, rarely seen in conventional wind installations.

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