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Kitakyushu floater expected to start tests later this year

Mon 13 Aug 2018 by David Foxwell

Kitakyushu floater expected to start tests later this year
The floating platform used in the Japanese demonstration project uses Ideolís damping pool concept

Japanís New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and its partners have completed a floating offshore foundation they intend to use for a floating offshore wind demonstration project later this year.

NEDO is working with Hitachi Zosen on the Ďnext generation floating wind turbine system demonstration projectí that will see NEDO install the floater off the coast of Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Installation of the floating platform Ė which makes use of a version of Ideolís damping pool concept  Ė was due to be completed in time for testing to begun in Q3 2018. The floating structure was built at Hitachi Zosenís Sakai works.

The floater will have a SCD 3 MW, two-bladed, upwind wind turbine with an output of 3MW installed on it that was purpose-designed for the NEDO demo.


Asiaís growing offshore wind energy sector and opportunities in it will be among the subjects discussed at Offshore Support Journalís upcoming Asian Offshore Support Journal Conference, which takes place 26-27 September 2018 in Singapore.




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