Fukushima floating wind switch-on

Fukushima prefectural governor Yuhei Sato (left) and METI vice minister Kazuyoshi Akaba face the media after remotely switching on the floating turbine from the port of Onahama, south of the city of Iwaki

Fukushima prefectural governor Yuhei Sato (left) and METI vice minister Kazuyoshi Akaba face the media after remotely switching on the floating turbine from the port of Onahama, south of the city of Iwaki

A Marubeni-led consortium brought another experimental offshore floating wind project online in Japan this week, and confirmed plans to add the first of two 7MW turbines at the site off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in the second half of 2014.

At a press conference in Iwaki, Kazuyoshi Akaba, state minister of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), joined Fukushima governor Yuhei Sato in officially turning on the 2MW Hitachi downwind machine.

Akaba, noting the many victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, joined Sato in hailing the project as a “symbol” of the region’s ongoing recovery.

“The government is determined to make this successful,” he told a packed room of reporters at Onahama port, south of the city of Iwaki and the crippled power plant.

Eiju Ono, chairman of the Iwaki Chamber Log in to read complete article.

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