26 Sep '11, 4pm

Japan to Install Wind Turbines off Fukushima Coast

As part of its turn toward renewable energy after the nuclear plant disaster at Fukushima in March, Japan announced that being a leader in offshore wind will be part of the solution. Japan says it will spend 20 billion yen ($260 million) to install six or more floating wind turbines off the coast of Fukushima in the next five years. Floating wind turbines are used in deep waters - they are a new technology that requires extensive research and development. "In order to take the lead in offshore wind power, we want domestic studies and developments to take place and manufacturers to boost capabilities," Trade ministry official Masanori Sato told Reuters. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries are among the companies the country plans to work with to boost R&D. Norway is currently the world leader in floating turbines for offshore wind. If the floating turbines...

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