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A consortium of companies, academic institutions and research organizations is planning to develop an experimental offshore floating wind farm sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The consortium comprises Marubeni Corp., the University of Tokyo, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, IHI Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu and Mizuho Information & Research.

The project will consist of three floating wind turbines and one floating power substation off the coast of Fukushima, Japan. The first stage of the project will begin this year and will consist of one 2 MW floating wind turbine, a 66 kV floating power substation and an undersea cable. The second stage of the project will consist of two 7 MW wind turbines, which will be added between 2013 and 2015.

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