Technip, along with partners Nénuphar, Converteam and EDF Energies, recently launched Vertiwind, an offshore floating wind turbine project. The Vertiwind concept, which eliminates the laborious process of installing fixed wind turbines, could enable offshore wind farms to pop up in numerous countries across the globe.
Technip, a company that focuses on innovative solutions for the oil and gasoline industry, will tackle the task of designing the floating Vertiwind system, which includes an integrated mooring setup, an electrical connection cable and turbine integration. Technip envisions the Vertiwind system being utilized in Europe, the U.S. and by countries that line the Mediterranean Sea.

Technip's work in the wind turbine industry can be witnessed in Hywind, Norway's first industrial-sized floating wind turbine.

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Technip launches Vertiwind floating wind turbine project

Technip, in association with Nénuphar, Converteam and EDF Energies nouvelles is launching the Vertiwind project to test a pre-industrial prototype of a vertical-axis offshore floating wind turbine. The partners of the project are Seal Engineering, ISITV, IFP Energies nouvelles, Arts et Métiers, Bureau Veritas, Oceanide.

Free of the constraints related to the foundations of fixed wind turbines, the Vertiwind concept opens new perspectives for wind farms offshore numerous countries notably in the Mediterranean basin, in Europe and the United States.

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

The Vertiwind project has been labelled by the Sea Cluster of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region. It is among the first beneficiaries of the program "Investing for the Future", a component of the "Grand Emprunt", sponsored by the French Prime Minister through the French Environment and Energy Management Agency.

Technip continues to contribute to the development of a new and innovative industry and confirms its role as a major player in floating offshore wind turbines after the successful design, fabrication and installation of Hywind, the first industrial size floating wind turbine, for Statoil in Norway.

Technip is a world leader in the fields of project management, engineering and construction for the oil & gas industry, offering a comprehensive portfolio of innovative solutions and technologies.

With 23,000 employees around the world, integrated capabilities and proven expertise in underwater infrastructures (Subsea), offshore facilities (Offshore) and large processing units and plants on land (Onshore), Technip is a key contributor to the development of sustainable solutions for the energy challenges of the 21st century.

Present in 48 countries, Technip has operating centers and industrial assets (manufacturing plants, spoolbases, construction yard) on five continents, and operates its own fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

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