More energy due to the unprecedented profile of the wind turbines
- High productivity
- Easy maintenance
- Maximised yield
- Renewable energy
- Floating wind turbine
- Vertical Axis Wind Turbines: VAWTs
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The significant increase of renewable energies in the European and global energy mix will make it necessary to use wind energy on a massive scale, in view of the scarcity of shallow oil deposits. The offshore floating wind turbine is already in use around the world and intended for mass deployment. By 2030, 21 GW of wind power will be installed in France, 6 GW of which will come from offshore floating wind turbines, which corresponds to approximately 880 machines.
The proposed wind turbine consists of a combination of two counter-rotating twin Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) placed on a float. The streamlined support structures of the two rotors hide its components, which are sources of aerodynamic dissipation. The complete assembly forms an aerogenerator capable of supplying around 5MW of electrical power.
The technology has been licensed to Hydroquest.
The choice of VAWTs guarantees easy access to the controls and the generator, as well as increased stability without harming the wind turbine’s efficiency. Thanks to the innovative design of this wind turbine, the performance is comparable to that of the Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWTs) available on the market. The supporting structures also provide a load-bearing capacity that reduces the loads transmitted to the float.
State of progress
The maturation stage has made it possible to validate the performance of the design of the turbine compared to the vertical axis turbines currently used (H-shaped turbines).This novel design enables the new turbine to exceed the performance of H-shaped turbines by 50%. An R&D project aimed at validating the overall architecture of the wind turbine was accordingly submitted to the ANR for funding (France Energies Marines call for tenders).
The range of advantages of this technology allows for: an increase in the density of offshore wind farms through reduction of the wake effect resulting from the juxtaposition of the twin turbines; reduced production and maintenance costs for the machines. In this way, this technology is becoming extremely competitive compared to other means of energy production.