Hitachi Zosen and Naval Energies form floating wind pact

Japanese industrial and engineering corporation Hitachi Zosen and French offshore renewable energy technology developer Naval Energies have agreed to cooperate in the field of floating wind energy.

The two companies will conduct a feasibility study to jointly design and build floating wind turbines using Naval Energies’ semi-submersible floater solution. The goal is to deploy «several hundred megawatts» of capacity off the Japanese coast.

«Among all floaters developed in the world, we consider that Naval Energies’ semi-submersible floater, which has many advantages, is one of the best on the market,» commented Takashi Fujita, general manager of the wind power business unit at Hitachi Zosen.

Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, President of Naval Energies said: «The environmental conditions in Japan are very favorable for the installation of this technology and we have all the necessary know-how for the local development of this new industrial sector. We hope that this step is the first of a long-lasting and fruitful collaboration between our two companies.»

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