Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration Project

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2018.04.02

Participated in WIND EXPO 2018

WIND EXPO 2018 was held as a part of the Smart Energy Week 2018 from February 28th to March 2nd at Tokyo Big Sight. At the Smart Energy Week, the exhibition on renewable energy including fuel cell, secondary battery, solar power, wind energy and geothermal power was held. Not only the industry stakeholders but also general public showed deep interest in these exhibitions. According to the organizer, 64,399 people visited the venue in three days.

Fukushima offshore wind consortium participated in the WINDEXPO, in order not only to introduce the world’s first offshore floating wind farm demonstration project to domestic and overseas participants, but also to exchange information with those who are involved in wind power. Approximately, 5,100 people visited the exhibition booth of the Fukushima offshore wind consortium in three days.

At the booth of the Fukushima offshore wind consortium, a scale model of 5MW wind turbine called “Fukushima Hamakaze” and an actual intermediate buoy used for the riser cable were displayed, and the panels and brochures in English were prepared for the visitors from oversea to introduce the outline and the progress of this demonstration project. In addition to the report of the construction and power generation of the 2MW floating offshore wind turbine, the new report of power generation of 5MW and 7MW floating offshore wind turbines were shown on the display to show the visitors that the demonstration project is now progressing toward the commercialization.

While offshore wind industry is growing as a key industry in Europe, the bill on basic rule for expansion of offshore wind in Japan was approved by the cabinet and expectations are increasing for offshore wind industry. In the offshore wind exhibition area, many visitors came to our booth and lots of technical and commercial questions were raised. And at the specialized technical seminar, Professor Ishihara of the University of Tokyo, who is a technical advisor of the Fukushima offshore wind consortium, gave a lecture about the latest development of the floating offshore wind industry in Japan, in which he introduced not only the results achieved on the Fukushima project, but also the specific efforts toward the commercialization. The venue was fully occupied with standing space which seemed to show that an audience took a keen interest in offshore wind industry.


5MW power generation video and the whole booth


The lecture by Prof.Ishihara

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福島洋上風力コンソーシアム

  • Marubeni Corporation
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Mitsubishi Heavy industries, Ltd.
  • Japan Marine United Corporation
  • Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal
  • Hitachi Ltd.
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Shimizu Corporation
  • Mizuho Information & Research institute, Inc