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Ideol works with oil refiner on Japanese floating offshore wind

Project partners plan to use solution based on Ideol’s patented damping pool technology for unspecified floating offshore wind farm

Ideol's 'Damping Pool' platform supporting a two-bladed 3MW turbine in Kitakyushu port, Japan (pic credit: Japanese Wind Power Association)
Ideol's 'Damping Pool' platform supporting a two-bladed 3MW turbine in Kitakyushu port, Japan (pic credit: Japanese Wind Power Association)

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Floating platform manufacturer BW Ideol is working with Japan’s largest oil refiner and distributor to develop a commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm off Japan.

Ideol and Eneos Corporation would not disclose the location, capacity or targeted commissioning date of their planned project. 

The wind farm would use a site-specific floating solution based on Ideol’s patented damping pool technology, which consists of a ring encircling the turbine tower to reduce water movements around the platform.

Ideol has two full-scale pilots operating off France and Japan – the 2MW Floatgen Floatgen (2MW) Offshoreoff Le Croisic, France, Europe Click to see full details and 3MW Hibiki Hibiki (3MW) Offshoreoff Kitakuyshu, Japan, Asia-Pacific Click to see full details projects respectively.

It is also developing a separate commercial-scale project with Japanese renewables developer Shizen Energy off Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island.

Meanwhile, Eneos is in a consortium that was selected to operate a floating offshore wind farm off Goto City in Nagasaki, Japan, earlier this year.

Japan aims to install between 30GW and 45GW of offshore wind by 2040 as the country aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Due to Japan’s deep waters, floating offshore wind is due to play a large role in meeting this target.

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