Fukushima Forward timeline

How the floating wind project took shape.

Fukushima Forward is the brainchild of Takeshi Ishihara, a professor in the University of Tokyo’s civil engineering department. For most of the 1990s, he studied wind-resistant building design as a researcher at construction firm Shimizu. He made the jump to academia in 2000 and started measuring wind speeds off eastern Japan, sharing the data with the government.

About a decade ago, Beijing-born Ishihara started considering the possibility of building floating wind farms in Japan. In the mid-2000s, he installed an anemometer at a natural-gas platform 37km off the coast of Fukushima. Over Log in to read complete article.

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