Wind energy in France – Largest wind farm now on line

 On April 6, 2011 the customer GDF Suez will officially inaugurate the wind farm. Germinon features the first Gamma Generation series wind turbines, which Nordex launched in spring 2010. In developing this high-efficiency class, Nordex drew on its ten years of experience in the operation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. The Gamma Generation combines proven technology with specific enhancements derived from the latest research and meeting current market requirements.

With the N100/2500 wind turbine, utility GDF Suez selected a wind power system which makes optimum use of the mean wind speeds of 7.4 m/s prevailing at the site. As a result, the wind power systems will deliver a combined total of some 226,000 MWh of clean energy each year, sufficient to cover the electricity requirements of around 265,000 people.

Nordex handed over the wind farm to GDF Suez back in autumn 2010. Briefly after connection to the grid, the majority of the wind turbines achieved a reliability of over 97 percent. During the execution of the project last year, Nordex organized more than 360 heavy-load hauls to transport the wind turbine components to their destination. In fact, if all the towers segments were to be laid out end to end, they would have a total length of three kilometers.

France is the partner country at this year’s Hannover Industrial Fair, which is taking place in Hannover, Germany, on April 4 – 8. Nordex can be found in Hall 27, Stand L23 at the “Wind 2011” sector fair, where it is presenting the entire Gamma Generation range on a double-floor stand.