Wind power is currently experiencing spectacular worldwide growth. EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), a subsidiary of EDF, is the Group’s standard bearer for renewable energy and in particular wind energy, its development priority.
Wind power: one of the most environmentally-friendly energy generation methods.
Worldwide, wind energy production capacity has increased by 26% on average per year over the last 10 years. (source: GWEC)
Providing energy and protecting the environment
A hydropower facility is designed to last at least 20 years and its component materials are recyclable or re-usable. During its operational life it emits neither gas emissions nor particles, while technological innovations have significantly reduced noise pollution. Finally, scientific studies have shown that most birds are able to identify and avoid the blades of the wind turbines.
Development potential: forging ahead on three fronts
Among the different forms of renewable energy, wind energy is the most mature technology. It is the main production method of EDF Energies Nouvelles with almost 85% of its installed capacities. As a world reference player, EDF EN is established in 17 countries in Europe and North America.
Emblematic power plants with large capacity
- France: Chemin d'Ablis (52 MW) in Eure-et-Loir, Villesèque (51 MW) in Aude, Salles-Curan (87 MW) in Aveyron
- Europe: Ventominho (240 MW) & Arada (112 MW) in Portugal, Monte Grighine (99 MW) in Italy, Soma (140 MW) in Turkey, C-Power (325 MW off shore) in Belgium, Fallago Rigg (144 MW) & Teesside (62 MW off shore) in United Kingdom.
- United States: Fenton (206 MW) & Shiloh II (150 MW) in United States, Lac Alfred (300 MW) in Canada, Eoliatec del Ismo (164 MW) in Mexico.
The sound level from a quiet conversation… and a wind turbine 500 meters away
Worldwide, wind power installed capacity reached 29.4 GW (total capacity from all producers).
In shore wind turbine has a capacity of 1 to 3 MW. The capacity of an off shore wind turbine can reach 6 MW.