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Ideol and Hitachi Zosen partner on floating offshore wind turbines in Japan

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 March 2015

Ideol and Hitachi Zosen have signed an agreement to design, engineer and build floating offshore wind turbines in Japan.

The project will use Ideol's Damping Pool solution and is intended to speed up Japan's drive to install floating wind farms as a way of increasing its energy mix.

Ideol said the deal will support the nation's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in its plan to reduce the levelised cost of energy of such farms before the end of 2020.

Both the companies will deliver a cost-competitive and worldwide solution to support the efforts.

Ideol CEO Paul de la Guérivière said: "Benefiting from the experience of a leading corporation such as Hitz is a great honor for our young company. It clearly demonstrates our technology's adaptability to very challenging sea and weather conditions as well as our company's ability to compete in a global market."

Ideol was created in 2010 to develop both technically and economically viable floating foundation solutions for the offshore wind industry.

Hitachi Zosen has experience in design and construction of floating structures like Osaka's Yunemai Bridge and GPS buoys for the real time offshore measurement of tsunamis.

The company has been involved in the development of floating offshore wind power generation since 2004.