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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyTest Operation of a Fukushima Offshore Floating Wind Turbine Started

Aiming to achieve a symbolic reconstruction and recovery of Fukushima Prefecture from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a ceremony on November 11, 2013, to celebrate the start the operation of a Fukushima offshore floating wind turbine (the first phase of the project), which has been installed off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture. This launch will propel the full demonstration operation forward.

1.Background

METI has been developing the Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration and Research Project, in which an offshore floating wind turbine (output capacity: 2MW) and an offshore floating substation, off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, are being installed. On November 11, 2013, METI held a ceremony to celebrate the start of the full-fledged demonstration operation.

The project is a part of the overall project to reconstruct and recover the affected areas damaged by the earthquake, and a budget of 12.5 billion yen was allocated to it under the FY2011 third supplementary budget. Over the two years since the project was launched in FY2011, a consortium consisting of ten enterprises and one university has been engaged in technology development, equipment production, coordinating local people’s opinions, and other efforts.

The project is an important initiative that represents a symbolic reconstruction and recovery of Fukushima Prefecture, which focuses on renewable energy as a pillar for its recovery. It is also very meaningful in terms of expanding the introduction of renewable energy to Japan, where the potential of land-located wind power is limited.


66KV floating offshore substation

2MW floating offshore wind turbine

2. Future schedule

In FY2014, METI will install two of the world’s largest offshore floating wind turbines (output capacity: 7MW), and, as the world’s first floating offshore wind farm demonstration project, it will assess the safety, reliability, and economic efficiency of the floating offshore wind power plant. In addition, it is also expected to establish the approaches to coexistence with the fishing industry, as well as developing methods for the assessment of its environmental impact through deliberations.

Release Date

November 11, 2013

Division in Charge

New and Renewable Energy Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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