Context: For Japan, the redefinition of energy sources following the Fukushima disaster, the construction and installation of floating wind farms is becoming a strategic requirement. Reducing the cost of floating wind turbine technology by 2020 is one of the priorities of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The signing of the partnership agreement between Hitz and Ideol reflects this dynamic. In this regard, NEDO has launched a call for tenders to test different floating wind turbine technologies.

Wind turbine power: 3MW

A wind turbine is anchored off Japan

Water depth between 50m to 100m

IDEOL specifications

The NEDO consortium was built around Ideol floating wind turbine technology, which has been identified as the best among the technologies in terms of cost reduction. As part of this project, Ideol is responsible (on behalf of its partner Hitachi Zosen) for the design and engineering of the two foundations (one in steel and the other in concrete) as well as support for construction/installation of a demonstrator.