by Katherine Berezowskyj
As AREVA is committed to be the leader in CO2-free energy power generation, we’re actively engaged in strengthening its already diverse portfolio. One part of this pursuit is our operations in the wind power market, specifically with the production of offshore wind turbines through our subsidiary Multibrid.
In March, AREVA signed a memorandum of understanding with Wet Feet Offshore Windenergy GmbH to supply more than 80 of the M5000 turbines to the Global Tech 1 farm. The 400MW farm, located about 55 miles off the German coast in the North Sea, will have a production capacity of 1.4 billion kWh per year.
The 5MW M5000 turbine offers advanced technology with a light-weight hybrid drive-train solution, suited for all foundation types. They’re particularly designed for use in harsh sea conditions. They are outfitted with a fully enclosed structure and wear-resistant construction. This protection guarantees little maintenance and high technical availability because the components are shielded from the corrosive sea environment.
Based on the success of the Multibrid wind turbines in Europe, with nearly 270 turbines selected for major offshore wind parks, and the anticipation of favorable market condition in the U.S. and Canada, we’ve accelerated the expansion of our renewables business in North America. This business expansion began with ADAGE, the biomass partnership between AREVA and Duke Energy. ADAGE has plans to build or operate a fleet of 50 MW woody biomass plants throughout U.S., already announcing the first proposed site in Hamilton County, Florida.
In the wind sector, to bring the proven offshore wind technology of the M5000 to the North American market, AREVA has a business development team in place to link up with development companies pursing wind turbine projects in the U.S. and Canada. This team, actively pursuing new projects, is located at the AREVA Inc. headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.
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