Hitachi in 10MW turbine R&D project

Work on the floating wind farm off Fukushima

Hitachi's 2MW machine at the floating wind farm off Fukushima

Japan's National Institute of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) said this week that it has selected Hitachi as one of several candidates to potentially conduct research on the development of a wind turbine with a capacity of at least 10MW.

The project is part of a broader research initiative, spanning turbine components and smart maintenance technologies, to be conducted under NEDO through early 2015. Total funding could reach ¥1.4bn ($13.7m). 

Hitachi declined to comment on the matter. NEDO said it has selected the company to participate as part of a public offering held in September.

“Wind power generation will likely increase in Japan over the medium to long term. To facilitate this, (the country) will need to reduce generation costs and improve performance,” NEDO said in a statement in August. “This will contribute to the promotion of wind power and improve the international competitiveness of Japanese companies.”

The ¥260m turbine development project will be conducted under NEDO through 2015. Funding for the first year of the 10MW development program has been estimated at ¥50m to ¥130m.

For the 10MW project, Hitachi will likely collaborate with participants such as the University of Tokyo and Furukawa Electric, as well as the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), a research entity under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

NEDO will also provide up to ¥1bn to fund R&D on turbine components and ¥150m on smart maintenance technologies through 2015. Hitachi will likely work on components development with Sumitomo Heavy Industries and conglomerate ADEKA, NEDO said in an online statement.

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