Japanese companies to develop tension leg platform

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/01/2022 JERA
JERA Co., Inc. (JERA), MODEC, Inc. (MODEC), Toyo Construction Co., Ltd. (Toyo Construction), and Furukawa Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (Furukawa Electric), have received notice of acceptance of their joint grant application to conduct a project to develop tension leg platform (TLP) offshore wind turbine systems. The application was submitted under the Green Innovation Fund programme of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

The project aims to establish component technologies for TLP floating and mooring systems and subsea power transmission systems with the aim of commercialising floating wind farms in the early 2030s.

The four companies will jointly conduct component technology development for about two years. JERA will conduct surveys and measurement of the planned verification site, design power generation facilities, and establish environmental parameters.

In addition to conducting simulations and demonstrations of component technologies previously studied by each company—floating and mooring systems by MODEC, mooring foundations by Toyo Construction, and power transmission systems by Furukawa Electric—a basic plan for a 15 MW-class power generation demonstration facility will be drawn up based on design and environmental parameters provided by JERA.

The four companies will also begin considering supply chains for mass production and cost reduction with the aim of realising commercial projects following the power generation demonstration.

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