Japanese floater nears the finish line
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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