Reduced impact

Thanks to their floating foundations, these wind turbines are not subject to depth restrictions and can be anchored between 50 and 300 meters from the sea floor.

  • They are thus farther from the shore than bottom-mounted turbines.
  • At these distances, visibility from the shore is drastically reduced.
  • The distance reduces usage conflicts with other sea activities (fishing, coastal navigation, and recreation)
  • Impact on the marine environment is reduced because there are no foundations to pour. Floating foundations and wind turbines are built on land then towed offshore to be anchored at the selected site. The installation and the dismantlement at end-of-life are thus facilitated.

Increased production
of renewable energy

Distancing floating wind turbines from the coast favors increased renewable energy production:

  • Marine winds are stronger and more regular, increasing the quality of the resource. The capacity factor* of the turbines is elevated.
  • The wind turbine models that can be installed on floating foundations are among the most powerful (6 to 8 MW or higher).
  • The available area of operations is much vaster.
  • It is possible to install more turbines.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced thanks to the production of a non-polluting and renewable energy.

* the ratio between the electrical energy produced over a given period and the energy that could have been produced in that same period if the machine had constantly functioned at maximum capacity.

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