Floating Wind Farm Starts Trial Run Off Japan

Press Release
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Japan’s first offshore floating wind farm begins trial operation off the coast of Goto Islands, Nagasake Prefecture.

A Japan Government energy ministry spokesperson said that diversifying energy sources in Japan has become a significant national issue after the radioactive disaster at Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant.

The operation of the wind farm is carried out by a technical team from Japan’s Environment Ministry, which installed the 100-kilowatte turbine equipped with an 11-meter rotor diameter on a 60-meter tower at the offshore facility situated about 1 km off the coast of Kabashima island, Goto Islands.

The ministry aims to make use this, the country’s first trial of a floating wind farm, as an opportunity for a wider development of national wind power generation.


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