“We’re now moving into the next phase to industrialise this,” says. Akihiro Suzuki, president of the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo (WEIT), which conducts wind resource assessments and load analysis for floating turbines.

This summer, a consortium backed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry switched on a Hitachi 5MW downwind turbine mounted on an advanced spar floater as part of the 14MW Fukushima Forward demonstrator.