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Japan's 1st floating offshore turbine begins generating power

29 Oct 2013
A floating offshore wind turbine in south west Japan has begun generating power, according to Toda Corp.

The two megawatt floating offshore wind turbine was set up near Nagasaki prefecture in a pilot project for the Ministry of Environment.

The project comes as Japan is exploring ways to commercialise floating offshore technology. A group led by Marubeni Corp. has said that it has installed a floating turbine off the coast of Fukushima and plans to begin operations in November.

With all of Japan’s fifty nuclear reactors offline, the project is an example of the new ways the Japanese government is looking to resolve the country’s energy problem. The government’s goal is to generate more than 1GW of electricity from 140 wind turbines by 2020.