Launching of the first tidal turbine in the EDF Paimpol-Bréhat project

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The DCNS / OpenHydro tidal turbine was immersed successfully on Wednesday, January 20th, in waters about 40 meters deep.

The EDF Paimpol-Bréhat project involves installing two tidal turbines 16 meters in diameter and connected to a submarine converter transforming the DC power to provide 1 MW electricity. These turbines will form the first park in France, and also in the world, of tidal turbines connected to the national electricity distribution network.

The first of two turbines was installed successfully on Wednesday, January 20th, at the EDF operating site off Ploubazlanec, France. The teams were able to proceed with the launching of the tidal turbine in less than an hour thanks to the dedicated barge designed by DCNS / OpenHydro that deposits the turbine on the seabed in record time..

The launching of the tidal turbine represents an important step in this tidal demonstration farm project led by EDF. The next operation is the connection of the turbine to the grid. In parallel, the assembly of the 2nd tidal turbine continues at the DCNS industrial site in Brest.

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Source: DCNS Group