Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration Project



Participated in the 8th FUKUSHIMA Renewable Energy Industrial Fair 2019

“The 8th Fukushima Renewable Energy Industry Fair” was held in the Big Palette Fukushima in Koriyama from October 30th to 31st in 2019. According to the organizer, 6,585 people in total visited the venue in two days.

Fukushima offshore wind power consortium exhibited in order to introduce the world’s first floating offshore wind farm demonstration project broadly to people in and out of Japan. Approximately, 1,300 people visited the exhibition booth of the consortium in two days.

At the booth of the Fukushima offshore wind consortium, a large display showed the movies of the construction record of the demonstration project and the power generation scene of floating wind turbines. The panoramic photo of the demonstration project, the explanation panels and the real intermediate buoy and the riser cable were shown. In addition, a list of published research papers and their copies were displayed.

There were also many questions from the visitors about the future schedule of this demonstration project. The demonstration of the operation of 2MW and 5MW wind turbines will continue until the end of Mar. 2021 and the feasibility of the commercialization will be examined. The removal method of 7MW wind turbine was decided in 2019 and the actual removal work will be implemented in 2020. Many of new employees from wind power companies, university students and high school students visited the booth, and there were many questions about the difference between the bottom fixed type and the floating type, the transmission system of offshore wind power and the design process, etc. The explanations were given with research papers and the brochures, so that they can understand better.

In the zone of wind turbine, major wind turbine manufacturers, such as General Electric Company and Siemens Gamesa Renewable SA exhibited at the fair for the first time because large-scale planning for the wind power business are progressing in various parts of Fukushima Prefecture including Abukuma area. The local renewable energy related companies held a business introduction seminar sponsored by Fukushima Prefecture to develop local human resources and to promote employment for local high school students. Many high school students who participated in this fair had shown high interest in renewable energy in Fukushima.

Tape cutting at opening ceremony

Visitors at the 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.