The Nagasaki prefecture in south-western Japan has plans to become Asia’s first major testing site for renewable and marine energy.
The site will support companies and government officials to fully understand floating wind farms and other marine power technology.
The plan will be loosely based on the European Marine Energy Centre – a testing site in the North Sea that is used to test and develop ocean power technology, and the Japanese prefecture already has some of the testing infrastructure needed for the project.
The prefectural government hopes that the testing sites will create more than 50 new jobs. This project is an important step for the development of the marine energy industry.