22 Feb '13, 7pm

Japan to Operate Offshore Wind Turbines With Tepco, J-Power via @zite

A 2.4-megawatt turbine has been installed off Choshi in Chiba prefecture in a research project with Tokyo Electric Power Co., Masaharu Itoh, director of the new energy technology department of Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, said yesterday in an interview. NEDO also plans a 2-megawatt turbine off Kitakyushu on the southern island of Kyushu next month in a project with Electric Power Development Co., also known as J-Power. The move comes as Japan, which lags behind countries like the U.K. and Denmark in offshore wind capacity, searches for alternatives to nuclear power after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. "Onshore wind turbines are said to be proven technology" and it is therefore difficult for Japanese turbine makers to boost market share, Itoh said. "As for offshore, we still have a chance" to grab market share with large-sized turbine...

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