Japan's Floating Wind Turbine Parade Begins

30th October 2013  To: 30th October 2013

Japan officially began drawing power from a 2-megawatt floating wind turbine off its southwestern coast on Monday, the first of two Floating Turbine test projects that the country hopes could prove to be a significant source of energy in the post-earthquake/tsunami era.

NHK showed ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the start of testing of the 170-meter tall turbine off Nagasaki Prefecture. A 100-kilowatt prototype had been placed in the same area in August 2012 as a test.

On the other side of Japan and far to the north, off the coast from the damaged nuclear reactor at Fukushima, a similar 2-megawatt turbine and a floating substation are expected to begin operation next month – followed by two 7-megawatt turbines before the end of 2015. That project’s leader, Marubeni, and its partners said earlier this month that it expected to commence operations in November.

The Nagasaki project is headed up by Toda, with Hitachi, Fuyo Ocean Development & Engineering, Kyoto University and the National Maritime Research Institute also involved, according to Reuters.




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