Typhoon delays Japan floater trial

The Nagasaki turbine is due to join this 2MW Hitachi machine floating in Japanese waters

The Nagasaki turbine is due to join this 2MW Hitachi machine floating in Japanese waters

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has been forced to delay the launch of a 2MW Hitachi floating offshore wind turbine off the coast of Nagasaki prefecture due to typhoons.

The ministry hoped to launch the turbine tomorrow (9 October) as part of one of several floating offshore trials underway in Japan.

The MOE has yet to set a new launch date but still plans to deploy the floating turbine by the end of this month near Kabashima Island in western Japan, a spokesperson tells Recharge.

Once launched, the turbine, which is mounted on a platform supplied by construction services provider Toda,  will be tested for at least 18 months as part of a five-year demonstration project.

The MOE says it has already spent more than ¥5bn ($51.5m) on the initiative.

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