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Power of the wind, presence of birds and fish: earlier than the wind generators at sea, the large related buoy will examine every little thing

The Franco-American firm Ocergy baptized this Tuesday, January 24 its multifunction station devoted to the surroundings in Port-la-Nouvelle (Aude). It will likely be laid offshore, the place dozens of wind generators will see the sunshine of day by 2030.

This isn’t the primary marine and environmental multifunction station serving offshore wind energy on the earth. However the Ocergy-Knowledge seems to be essentially the most technologically superior and essentially the most spectacular.

“Fifteen meters excessive, thirty meters broad… Synthetic intelligence, satellites, cameras, it is harking back to a science fiction movie and it is all for biodiversity smiles Christian Cermelli, president of Ocergie, a Franco-American firm. The idea was born in a California storage three years in the past and it took greater than three folks to get there, you will have the consequence” he rejoices, this Tuesday, January 24, on the time of inaugurating the buoy which waits on a devoted quay in Port-la-Nouvelle (Aude), earlier than its subsequent launch.

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What’s within the idea? In truth, this station foreshadows the economic revolution of offshore wind energy which is tumbling alongside the Mediterranean coast in addition to in all of the oceans of the planet. First with pilot parks of three wind generators throughout 2023-2024, off Gruissan-Port-la-Nouvelle and Port-Barcarès-Leucate.

Then, by 2030, with industrial farms, a number of dozen metal giants, together with one off Occitania, in an space outlined by a name for tenders (AO6) awarded within the fall of 2023 However to validate this gigantic set up, environmental influence research can be essential. That is the place Ocergy-Knowledge, half funded, i.e. €1.3 million, by Ademe (Company for the surroundings and power administration), with the assist of the area – learn elsewhere – intervenes.

All the business mobilized behind Carole Delga.
Unbiased – CHRISTOPHE BARREAU

“Our buoy will scale back the price of floating wind energy”

“The buoy measures every little thing that’s surroundings. In house with the waves, the wind pace measured by a Lidar. However we additionally measure every little thing that’s biodiversity, underwater and in addition outdoors, with a aerial radar for birds, the cameras will acknowledge the species, know the way excessive they fly and so forth.” explains Dominique Roddier, CEO of Ocergy. “The thought is to have high quality information. To measure wind turbulence, you want a secure platform, therefore its width, the place you possibly can measure waves of seven or 8 m with out being beneath the water. Our buoy will scale back the price of floating wind energy.”.

As a result of the specs can be rather more particular: for birds, for instance, you have to to know the varieties of species, how excessive they fly, and so forth.

30 km offshore, the place the industrial wind farm can be situated

So, the station can be put in initially of February 30 km offshore, due to this fact 5 m deep, in the course of the AO6 zone. The info can be public for a yr earlier than the buoy goes industrial. Within the meantime, the undertaking companions can be answerable for monitoring. Just like the Cefrem oceanography laboratory on the College of Perpignan, the place Professor Philippe Lenfant will oversee the evaluation of underwater biodiversity.

“This buoy is a “0” level earlier than the arrival of the wind generators. Now we have chosen specialists in numerous fields, we’ll make observations and synthesize this information in a way more full approach” he signifies. Experimental seize work will even be arrange with the regional fisheries committee “to evaluate the species current and the portions”.

Alongside hydrophones to hearken to wildlife, sonars and underwater cameras, 18 Biohut habitats to repair fish from the Montpellier firm Ecocéan will even be put in. “We are going to see and listen to from our places of work what is occurring, what species are coming to settle,” says its founder Gilles Lecaillon.

Occitania desires to be the chief of constructive power areas

The inauguration of Ocergy-Knowledge is a precursor to the arrival of floating wind energy in Occitania. The regional port of Port-la-Nouvelle will accommodate the wind turbine assemblies earlier than they’re launched. Tuesday, all of the actors of the sector had been there across the president Carole Delga and the primary vice-president Didier Codorniou, the Area welcoming the buoy with open arms.

“We determined 6 years in the past to be a frontrunner and driving drive to be the primary constructive power area in Europe by 2050, with power financial savings and the manufacturing of renewable energies.

It’s a query of responding to the problem of world warming but additionally of our power sovereignty and wind energy additionally creates jobs, and to not the detriment of different sectors” recalled Carole Delga.

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