Japanese floater nears the finish line

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IdeolThe final testing of the floating Hibiki offshore wind turbine is making progress and commissioning is expected later this month.

Located off the coast of Kitakyushu, Japan, the project features IDEOL’s "Damping Pool" foundation and a 3MW turbine.

The fully assembled structure was towed to the Hibiki-nada area in late August and installed in water depths of 55m. According to the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) after installing the turbine it suffered ‘several severe typhoons but no damages to the system were reported’.

Commissioning is anticipated before the end of December after which 'the Safety Management Examinations must be performed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and if there is no corrective instruction, the Hibiki will start operation officially.’

The objectives of the Hibiki project are to validate the floating technology with a view to equipping future commercial floating farms in Japan by 2030.

The Japanese Government recently approved a new bill which will enable the Japanese Cabinet to draw up a policy to promote the use of Japan’s territorial waters for renewable energy development.

The Japanese parliament will process the bill over the next three months with the new legislation coming into force in spring 2019. An auction for candidate zones is anticipated to follow in the summer of 2019.

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