Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration Project



Participated in WIND EXPO 2019

WIND EXPO 2019 was held from February 27th to March 1st in Tokyo Big Sight as a part of Smart Energy Week 2019, exhibiting hydrogen, fuel cells, solar power, wind power, smart grids etc. The industry stakeholders and general public showed deep interest in these exhibitions and 66,579 people visited the venue in three days according to the organizer.

The Fukushima Offshore Wind Consortium participated in WIND EXPO 2019, in order to introduce the world's first floating offshore wind farm demonstration to domestic and overseas participants and exchange information with those who are involved in wind power. Approximately, 4,500 people visited the booth of the Fukushima Offshore Wind Consortium in three days.

At the booth of consortium, a scale model of a 5MW wind turbine called "Fukuhama 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. Construction recording video of 2 MW floating offshore wind turbine and power generation video of 2MW and 5MW floating offshore wind turbine were shown on the monitor. During the exhibition, there were many questions about the continuation of this project from visitors and we explained that the demonstration project for the cost reduction of operation and maintenance will continue towards the commercialization. In addition, overseas visitors made specific proposals on wind turbine, floater engineering, chains and cables.

The exhibition this year showed the significant decrease of small wind turbine exhibitors due to the drop of FIT prices and the increase of exhibitors from the offshore wind sectors because the Marine Renewable Energy Promotion Act was enacted,. The introduction of the world's largest 12 MW wind turbine by European wind turbine manufacturer attracted much interest. In addition, the number of exhibition booth for engineering companies and consulting companies of offshore wind industry increased with their own business talk corner, and the interest for offshore wind power were growing among the wind power industry.

Opening tape cut with a special guest,Mr. Yuzo Kayama

Whole view of the exhibition booth

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  • Marubeni Corporation
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Mitsubishi Heavy industries, Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
  • Japan Marine United Corporation
  • Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Ltd.
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.