A floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture has been completed at a Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in Chiba Prefecture.¬†The turbine is the first one completed as part of an experimental two stage project commissioned by the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry. Ten private-sector companies and the University of Tokyo are involved in the project.
The 2-megawatt turbine, which was unveiled on Tuesday, has a rotor with a diameter of 80 meters and sits on a structure supported by a set of three 32-meter-high cylindrical iron floats.¬†Two further 7-megawatt floating offshore turbines are planned to be constructed between 2014-2015.¬†
The newly built wind turbine will be set afloat on Thursday and power generation tests will kick off in mid-October.
See video of the¬†2MW floating WTG at the dockyard on 25 June.
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