World’s first floating wind turbine arrives in Fukushima

Fukushima, site of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and one of the areas hardest hit by the Tohoku earthquake of March 11, 2011, has now become home to the world’s first floating wind turbine power generators.

The turbine, to be used for generating power off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, was towed out of Tokyo Bay on June 28 to a deep-sea site where it arrived on July 1. The turbine and its platform are to form part of an experimental, floating power sub-station, according to TV Asahi.

The turbine, made by Hitachi Ltd and assembled in Chiba, is expected to produce 2 megawatts of electricity, enough to power around 600 homes. The turbine is 80 meters in diameter and is mounted on a 32-meter steel submersible structure manufactured by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding.

The wind farm project was reportedly commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and has been dubbed “Fukushima Future.” The rig is to be attached to the seabed by iron chains at a site around 20 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture on around July 20, after the wiring work is complete.

The turbine is expected to start operating in mid-October.

Japan Today