On November 21st, the WindFloat Atlantic team welcomed a delegation of French university and VET industry professionals to visit our O&M facility in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. The visit was made possible by the support of the cooperation between the Alto Minho CIM (Portugal) and the Finistère County Council (France), in organizing visits to maritime, naval and energy companies in Portugal.
The WindFloat Atlantic project being the first semi-submersible floating offshore wind farm in the world and the only offshore wind farm currently operating in Portugal, we bear the objective of raising awareness and educating on the benefits of renewable energy and the energy transition, as well as the floating technology innovation.
Although the weather conditions did not allow for an offshore visit, the delegation heard about the history, challenges, and uniqueness of the WindFloat Atlantic project thanks to our O&M team and visited the O&M base and remote-control centre of the wind farm.
The group was composed by Juliette Corbillé (cooperation officer for the Finistère County Council and CIM Alto Minho cooperation convention), Mr. Josselin Chesnel (international mobility project manager for the consortium), Mr. Christophe Le Bras (training manager and trainer in electrical trades at Pôle Formation UIMM Bretagne), Mrs. Brigitte Andrieux (English teacher at the Institut de technologie – Université de Bretagne occidentale), and Alban Le Trionnaire (student in electrotechnical industry at Pôle Formation UIMM Bretagne); all members of a consortium of higher education and VET institutions composed by: Pôle Formation UIMM Bretagne (Vocational Training Center Brittany of the UIMM – Metallurgy Industry and Trade Federation), the IUT Brest-Morlaix (University of Western Brittany and its Institute of Technology Brest-Morlaix) and CINav (Naval Industries Campus).