Japan consortium aims high with floating wind turbine

The first turbine of what is intended to be the biggest floating wind farm in the world went operational todayJapanese floating wind turbine in waters off Japan.

The 2 MW downwind-type turbine started up along with a 66kV floating sub-station and an extra-high voltage undersea cable.

The turbine is part of a project being run by a consortium that includes Japan’s biggest names in energy ” Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and Hitachi.

They want to create the floating wind farm as a way to kickstart Japan’s offshore wind industry and create a renewables technology industry with expertise that can be exported globally.

The consortium ” which also includes Marubeni, the University of Tokyo and Furukawa Electric ” will use the 2 MW turbine to evaluate “the safety, reliability and economic potential of the offshore floating wind farm” by collecting meteorological, hydrographic and performance data.

A second phase of the experimental study next year will see the installation of a 7 MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind turbine.

Once all turbines are installed, the capacity of the wind farm is expected to be 16 MW.

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