“I wish Floatgen fair winds and following seas.” With these words Catherine Chabaud, the christener of Floatgen, France's first offshore - and floating - wind turbine, described the event which took place this morning in Saint-Nazaire, and was organised by the leaders
of this landmark project: Paul Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, Armel de la Bourdonnaye, director of the École Centrale de Nantes (Nantes Central School of Engineering) and Benoit Lange of Bouygues Travaux Publics (Bouygues Public Works).
In true naval fashion, the Floatgen wind turbine was christened on the Darses Quay a few dozen metres from where its floating base, as designed by Ideol, was built. Attending dignitaries included Sébastien Lecornu, Secretary of State to the Minister of State, the Minister for Ecological and Sustainable Transition, Paul Jeanneteau, Vice-President of the Pays de la Loire region, David Samzun, the mayor of Saint-Nazaire and President of the CARENE (Saint-Nazaire Agglomeration Community), and Francis Bertolotti, chairman of the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Grand Port Maritime supervisory board. No less than 300 international stakeholders in the wind energy sector gathered for this event, having come from France as well as from Japan, Norway and Scotland, to celebrate this first for France and the starting point of this floating offshore wind turbine industrial sector. An additional 400 students from local schools were invited to discover the floating turbine up close.