Japan’s $405million offshore wind project is set to gain a 7-megawatt turbine.
The turbine, which will be the largest of its kind ever to be used at sea, will generate power 12 miles (20km) off the coast of Fukushima.
The project, which was established two years ago, already has a 2-megawatt model.
Yasuhiro Matsuyama, a trade ministry official in charge of clean energy projects, said: “Countries are exploring floating offshore wind technology and Japan is in a sense at the same level with Norway and Portugal.
“This will be the world’s first pilot project to use such an extremely large-size turbine.”
The scheme is funded by the Japanese government and led by Marubeni Corp.
The floating structure, made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is expected to start trial operation in May.