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Moventas extends gearbox expertise to tidal energy

12th May 2015

Moventas, the new energy technology expert and multi-brand service provider, has been chosen as the sole gearbox development partner for Alstom to equip the raz Blanchard pilot tidal farm in Northern France.

Moventas’ gearbox technology expertise will soon be harnessed in tidal energy for the first time. Alstom has been chosen to supply for a pilot tidal energy farm in raz Blanchard, and Alstom has selected Moventas to develop the tidal turbines’ gearboxes.

The Alstom Oceade™ 18 - 1.4 MW turbine has already been tested as a 500kW version in 2011-2012 and in 1MW version in 2013-2014 with 1.5GWh injected to the grid, and building on this experience Alstom will install an improved 1.4 MW version for raz Blanchard. With 5.6 MW in total capacity, the project equipped with four Oceade™ will be able to supply power to 5,000 people, with construction planned to start in 2017.