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  • Japan’s Solar Cell Makers Plan 37% Increase For FY13

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–Sharp Corp. (6753) and four other leading solar cell suppliers are planning to boost their combined output by roughly 37% in fiscal 2013, The Nikkei has learned. The government’s feed-in-tariff program introduced a year ago is driving up construction of large solar power stations …

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  • DJ: METI Minister Aims To Resubmit Power Industry Reform Bill In Future

    TOKYO–Japan’s industry minister renewed his pledge to reform the country’s power industry on Friday, two days after the latest session of parliament came to an end without approving a bill to rein in the near-monopoly power enjoyed by utilities. “It was very unfortunate that the …

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  • Japan: Experimental Offshore Floating Wind Farm Project

    A consortium made up of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu and Mizuho Information & Research have been participating in an experimental …

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  • Japan’s Drive To Reform Power Sector Hits Snag Amid Political Feud

    TOKYO (Kyodo)–The Japanese government’s drive to overhaul the country’s power sector hit a snag Wednesday as a bill to achieve the first part of a three-stage reform was scrapped amid an intensifying political feud ahead of the upper house election. “It’s extremely regrettable that the …

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  • Wind ‘to spend €150bn’ on offshore

    The wind industry is forecast to spend some €150bn ($197bn) developing its global offshore sector over the next decade, according to a new report. UK analyst Douglas-Westwood (DW) expects installations averaging 3.2GW a year will be built in waters around the world through to 2022, …

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  • DNV KEMA: Standards for Floating Offshore Wind Structures

    In response to the fast-expanding offshore wind market, DNV KEMA, the energy arm of DNV, has developed a new standard that will help accelerate the development of a new generation of floating offshore wind turbines by establishing design requirements for the floating structure and related …

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  • Japan’s feed-in-tariff system for clean energy mired in regulations

    The nuclear disaster in Japan two years ago ignited a push to develop a new and clean energy industry, but those efforts are being stymied by a raft of regulations. As part of its policy goal to diversify supply, the government introduced a feed-in-tariff system …

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  • Japan to start floating wind trial

    Japanese conglomerate Marubeni is next week due to oversee deployment of a 2MW Hitachi turbine at a floating offshore wind test site 20km off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. Marubnei, in cooperation with the University of Tokyo, is leading a group of 10 companies planning …

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  • Taiwan’s NCKU Launches Floating LiDAR to Assess Offshore Wind

    National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, launched its floating LiDAR, an offshore wind resource assessment buoy, May 24, at Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory. “It is the Asia No. 1 and World No.4 of Floating LiDAR applications in wind profiler measurement at sea,” said NCKU President …

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  • Seajacks Japan Launched with Focus on Offshore Wind

    Marubeni and INCJ established Seajacks Japan Ltd, a 100% group company of Seajacks International Limited (UK; acquired jointly by Marubeni and INCJ in May 2012). Increasing offshore wind projects combined with the planned backup of governmental support ensures Japan is rapidly attracting focus as one …

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