SeaTwirl and the University of Tokyo have started a cooperation where the research group led by Associate Professor Shinichiro Hirabayashi at the Department of Ocean Technology, Policy and Environment, are looking to adapt SeaTwirls technology to Japanese conditions.
Japan’s current energy mix is dominated by fossil fuels and with densely populated islands, the country is looking to the ocean and floating wind to help meet their future renewable energy needs. Everything that is built must however be able to withstand the typhoons which frequently hit the country with wind speeds up to 55 meters per second, usually between May and October.
“Japan is very interesting and potentially large market for SeaTwirl. We take great pride in being able to cooperate with a prestigious institution like the University of Tokyo on adapting our technology to suit the special requirements of that market. Research is the first step towards commercialisation”, says Peter Laurits, CEO of SeaTwirl.
“Floating offshore wind power generation could become a mainstream renewable energy source in Japan in the near future. We expect vertical-axis wind turbine as a possible solution for wind turbine on floating structures”, says Shinichiro Hirabayashi, the University of Tokyo.