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Naval Energies and Hitachi Zosen in floating windpower partnership

A collaboration on floating wind technology has been signed between France’s Naval Energies and Japan’s Hitachi Zosen Corporation.

The two companies will design and build floating wind turbines with a capacity of several hundred megawatts off the Japanese coast using Naval Energies’ semi-submersible floating solution, which is a concrete, steel or a hybrid combination fixed to the seabed by an anchoring system that controls its movements.

Naval Energies says that compared to traditional fixed-foundation wind turbines, the technology “overcomes the constraints of deep-water installation and is able to produce renewable energy farther from the coast with a low visual impact”.

Takashi Fujita, windpower general manager at Hitachi Zosen, said: “Among all floaters developed in the world, we consider that Naval Energies’ semi-submersible is one of the best on the market.”

Naval Energies president Laurent Schneider-Maunoury said: “The environmental conditions in Japan are very favourable for the installation of this technology and we have all the necessary know-how for the local development of this new industrial sector. We hope that this step is the first of a long-lasting and fruitful collaboration between our two companies.”

The deal between the companies was signed during a visit to Japan by French President Emmanuel Macron and Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Lemaire.

Emerging renewable technologies will be spotlighted at POWERGEN Asia in September and POWERGEN Europe in November.

Pamela Largue
Pamela is a senior content creator and editor and has been a part of the Clarion content team for over seven years. She specializes in international power and energy-related content.