Japan unveils first commercial scale floating turbine in Asia

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.

Read further on The Japan News at http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000335945

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