Japanese government will tend its focus on developing offshore wind power capacity during the following decade, by building offshore wind farms at 30 sites.
The Global Wind Energy Council and the Japan Wind Power Association formed a joint Japan Offshore Wind Task Force to drive offshore wind growth in Japan. The Task Force will focus on addressing regulatory and industrial bottlenecks, so that the country can take full advantage of its offshore wind potential.
According to Bloomberg, the Japanese power company Tohoku Electric Power Co. plans to fund offshore wind projects with a landmark sale of green bonds in order to give a boost to the region’s environmentally friendly investments.
According to a recent statement, Marubeni Corporation, has decided to implement the construction; operation and maintenance of the offshore wind farms at Akita Port and Noshiro Port in Akita Prefecture, through the special purpose company “Akita Offshore Wind Corporation” (AOW) established in April 2016 and together with other Joint Business Partners.
The shipping lines Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) along with the European expert in the wind power, Van Oord shake their hands and inked a MoU in order to jointly own and operate offshore wind installation vessels under the Japanese flag. Specifically, both sides goal to begin operations using a jack up vessel in Japan until 2022, the earliest.
An estimated 19 GW of new offshore capacity is expected to be added in Asia Pacific excluding China (APeC) over the next 10 years, making it a key region for global offshore wind, according to Wood Mackenzie, that noted however that the success of future offshore wind in the area will depend on costs coming down.
Japan has designated eleven potential areas as suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. The areas have been identified jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Port Authority of Japan.
Shizen Energy, Japanese solar power company signed an agreement with Ideol, a French wind developer, collaborating on a full size floating wind farm off the coast of Japan. This partnership coincides with recent senior recruitments to shore up its local sales and engineering subsidiary.
Offshore renewables in Japan are set to receive an important boost after the country passed a bill last November, which enables wind farms to operate inside national territorial waters for the next 30 years. Offshore wind farms are expected to advance because of various factors, mostly via technological developments in floating wind turbines.
Japanese Utility Tohoku Electric Power (TEP) has invested in the Akita Yurihonjo offshore wind project in Japan. The project is scheduled to have a power generating capacity of approximately 700MW, making it one of the largest offshore wind farms in Japan. The leader of the offshore project is Renova.
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