Hitachi Zosen to install floating wind turbines in Japan

5 March 2013 (Last Updated March 5th, 2013 18:30)

Hitachi Zosen is planning to install floating offshore wind turbines in Japanese waters, in partnership with Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil.

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Hitachi Zosen is planning to install floating offshore wind turbines in Japanese waters, in partnership with Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil.

The company signed a cooperation agreement with Statoil in November 2012, which included conducting a feasibility study for floating offshore wind turbines in the country.

Hitachi Zosen's strategic planning department general manager Takashi Fujita told Bloomberg that the company is looking at possibilities on how to bring the technology developed in Norway to Japan.

"It won't be that difficult. Both partners want to reduce time to bring the floating offshore technology to reality as much as possible," Fujita said.

Japan is working to increase its clean energy investment with an incentive programme, which started in July 2012, after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.

Hitachi Zosen plans to initially start with turbines fixed to the seabed, and expand to floating windmills in offshore wind.

As per the deal, Statoil will provide a technology to Hitachi Zosen, which will allow the firm to generate stable power from turbines in the ocean.


Image: Hitachi Zosen has signed a cooperation agreement with Statoil, which includes a feasibility study for floating offshore wind turbines in Japan. Photo: Courtesy of Lars Christopher.

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