First near shore plans in the pipeline at Hokkaido

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The port town of Sentana on Hokkaido island hopes to construct the country's first near shore wind farm. If built, power generated from the turbines will be used to pump up deep layer ocean water from below 200 metres for fish farming. Such water has fewer harmful micro-organisms and bacteria, which can cause disease, while it has plenty of nutritious substances. The town hopes to put up nine 500-600 kW wind turbines on a breakwater, which is now under construction. The town faces the Sea of Japan and the planned site has stable winds that average 8.9 m/s, compared to only 6.8 m/s on land. Sentana has received a subsidy from the New Energy Development Organisation (NEDO) to conduct field tests this year. In addition the Hokkaido government has given the town a grant of ¥6 million (EUR 53,800) for the project. The research has been entrusted to the private Kitahiyama Town Energy Development Study Centre.

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