The global industrial organization Trelleborg Group has been awarded the contract for the supply of cabling to the world’s largest floating wind farm project, the Fukushima Wind Farm project, which is being developed off the coast of Fukushima, Japan. The Furukawa Electric Company is engineering the site-in-progress, and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry who is leading the endeavor. The project is stationed just 16 kilometers from the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Still in an experimental phase of development, the new project has already seen significant efforts from the Trelleborg Group. The Swedish organization has thus far supplied Distributed Buoyancy Modules (DBMs), Uraduct, Bend Stiffeners and Bend Restrictors to the wind farm in progress.
Scheduled to be unveiled in 2020, the Fukushima Wind Farm project will serve as an enormous accomplishment in green technology for Japan. John Deasey, Renewables Sales Manager at Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, suggests as much, stating that the work will be "a major milestone in the switch from nuclear to renewable for the region.” The project comprises three floating wind turbines and one floating sub-station, at present.
But Japan isn't stopping at the Fukushima Wind Farm project. (Being a tech pioneer, we have no one reason to expect anything other than continued progress, right?) The wind farm is part of a much bigger project known as Fukushima FORWARD, a comprehensive effort to reconstruct the entire area with environmentally-friendly equipment. It's a great project for Japan geographically as the region features a steep coastal shelf and deep water. The subsea electrical power cables that are deployed to inter-connect wind turbines on offshore wind farms should have plenty of room to make things happen!
The bigger project at hand will constitute even more floating structures, reportedly. Now, we must ask, who will be supplying the cable for the rest of this mega-mission?
Edited by Alisen Downey