Floating Offshore Wind?

Windpower Offshore is reporting that construction of the Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Project will begin this month. The project is being led by Marubeni (who is also one of the investors in the Atlantic Wind Connection) and will have the turbine supplied & Installed by Hitachi Zosen and the platform supplied by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding.

To my mind, when you combine the activity now underway in Japan with the efforts off of Norway and Portugal and the recent DOE awards which included 3 US based floating demonstrator projects, it seems that commercial viability is being brought rapidly into focus for Floating Offshore Wind – an idea which seemed little more than sci-fi a few years back.

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