Alstom will participate to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) annual event to be held on 10-12 March 2015 in Copenhagen (Hall E). The company will explain how its offshore wind technology business is rapidly expanding in order to meet today’s sustainable energy needs, demonstrating its ability to play a major role in the Offshore Wind industry.
Alstom will be present at EWEA Offshore with its 6-MW Haliade™ 150, the first in the next generation of large-sized offshore turbines, designed to withstand the toughest conditions at sea. The Haliade™ 150-6MW produced its first KWh in September 2014 and was recently certified by DNV-GL. It produces enough power to meet the needs of over 5,000 European households and to save more than 21,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Alstom is carrying out several Offshore Wind projects, including Block Island, the first Offshore Wind farm in the US. The Block Island project, which is being developed by Deepwater Wind, has recently closed its financing,
“This is a major milestone that will enable the project to start next summer with the installation of the electrical infrastructure and the foundations. Deepwater Wind is the only US Offshore Wind company to reach this critical milestone”, said Anders Soe-Jensen, Vice-President Offshore Wind for Alstom.
“Alstom Wind is committed to be a leading contributor to the reduction of Offshore LCOE, not only in Europe but also in North America where it will start building the first commercial offshore project in 2015”, said Yves Rannou, Senior Vice President Wind for Alstom.
Alstom is strengthening its industrial footprint with the Saint-Nazaire facility inaugurated in December, 2014 in France. Those plants will manufacture nacelles and generators for the Haliade™ 150-6MW turbines. Ultimately, the Saint-Nazaire plants will employ about 300 workers. The plants have been sized to each produce up to 100 machines every year. They will be fully operational in early 2015.
Alstom also draws on its R&D Centres located in Nantes, Barcelona and Hamburg, employing in total more than 1,500 people to develop its innovative Offshore Wind solutions.With over 30 years of experience in wind power, Alstom provides global energy solutions, from developing, designing and setting up wind farms to supplying and maintaining wind turbines. To date, Alstom has installed more than 3,500 wind turbines in 280 wind farms around the world representing 6,5 GW of total capacity. Alstom’s wind business headquarters and its R&D global centre are based in Barcelona.