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Japan Plans Floating Wind Power Plant

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Japan plans to build floating wind power turbines off the Fukushima coast to help provide power to the devastated area.

Initially, Japan will build a US$260 million pilot project consisiting of six 2.0-megawatt turbines, according to international reports. The project will be assessed through March 2016 and then a decision could be made to build a larger wind farm.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., IHI Corp. and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. are among companies who will participate in the project.

Japan plans to build as many as 80 floating wind turbines off Fukushima by 2020.

Photo shows Statoil’s Hywind off the coast of Norway, which is currently the only commercial-scale floating wind turbine in operation. Courtesty of Statoil. 

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