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1st edition of the FWP Atlantic Forum: 3 days dedicated to the floating wind industry

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This summer, the government kicked off the floating wind turbine in France by naming the first two winners of the tender. The Groix pilot farm project in Brittany, led by Eolfi and CGN, is one of the first two projects selected.
Floating wind power is therefore at the heart of the news and will also be the focus of the FWP (Floating Wind Power) Atlantic Forum, an international event dedicated to the industrial development of floating wind power, which will be held for the first time in Brest and Pays de Loire from 12 to 14 October 2016.
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FWP (Floating Wind Power) Atlantic Forum, an international event dedicated to the industrial development of floating wind power, will hold its first edition from 12 to 14 October 2016. Hosted by the Regions of Brittany and Pays de la Loire, this event is part of the 10th Sea Tech Week, a week of marine science and technology (Quartz congress centre in Brest).

Floating wind turbines: a priority for Brittany and Pays de la Loire Regions

With considerable potential in terms of floating wind power and the necessary skills (port, industrial, technical and scientific), the Regions of Brittany and Pays de la Loire have chosen marine energy for their energy and industrial future. Floating wind power is their priority: two sites off the coast of Croisic and Lorient are dedicated to it.
This summer, the Government kicked off by designating the first two winners of the tender for floating wind power in France. The pilot farm in Groix is one of the first two projects selected.
 
For Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the Regional Council of Brittany, "From the port of Brest, the maritime capital of Brittany, the Regional Council is investing to write a new page in its Atlantic history on marine energies. Since 2015, three tidal turbines have been assembled there, those of EDF-DCNS and Sabella. Part of the floating wind turbines of the Eolfi project will be designed there. From 2018, new port areas developed by the Region will be built in Brest to accommodate industrial activities linked to the various MRE sectors. And it is from this new polder that the floating wind turbines will leave to be anchored off Groix."
 
For Bruno Retailleau, President of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council, "It is because we believe in a positive ecology combining growth and responsibility that the Pays de la Loire Region has chosen to commit to the construction of a genuine industrial sector of renewable marine energy. To achieve this, we have two offshore wind farms under development on our coastline, new GE and STX plants in Saint-Nazaire for turbines, nacelles, foundations and substations, not to mention the presence of Rollix and DCNS. Along with Brittany, Pays de la Loire is now relying on floating wind turbines to be at the forefront of this new technology".
 
FWP Atlantic Forum will bring together more than 50 speakers from 10 countries and 300 visitors for a programme featuring :
- Plenary lectures on floating wind turbines in France and internationally :
* Wednesday, October 12, 2:30 pm: Global perspectives on the development of floating offshore wind, by representatives from the University of Maine (USA), Hitachi (Japan), EDPR (Portugal), Statoil (Norway), SDI (Scotland) and Taipei (Taiwan).
* Wednesday, October 12thAnd France in all this? Presentation of the French projects that have been awarded or are being evaluated in the framework of the Call for Projects on floating wind turbines led by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency). In the presence of Ivan Faucheux from the Commissariat Général à l'Investissement.
*Thursday, October 13, 9.00 am: Review of 3 installed international projects (Norway, Portugal, Japan) presented by their technical managers who will be questioned by experts (Ifremer, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France Energies Marines, ADEME, Ecole Centrale de Marseille, Innosea).
 
- Technical workshops (anchoring, floats, acceptability and environment, authorisation and planning) and B2B meetings to enable market players to make contacts and develop strategic partnerships on Thursday afternoon, October 13.
 
- Technical visits Friday 14 October in the Pays de la Loire region, in Saint-Nazaire and Nantes-Bouguenais: floating wind turbine demonstrator (Floatgen), electrical substation construction plant (STX), shared research platform dedicated to MRE (Technocampus Océan - IRT Jules Verne, CEA TECH, DCNS).
 

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