Japan moves forward with floating wind turbine ambitions

Japan installed a small floating wind turbine off one of the Goto islands yesterday, in a further step towards commercialising the technology.

The demonstration project, organised by the Ministry of Environment (MOE), uses a 100kW wind turbine made by Fuji Heavy. It was originally installed by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) on Isena Island in Okinawa in 2002.

The turbine has now been moved to a site 1km off Kabashima Island, in Nagasaki Prefecture, and installed on a spar-type floater in water 96-99 metres deep.

The machine is the largest yet to be used on a floating project in Japan and the first to be connected to the grid.

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