UK firm supports renewables testing facility in Japan

A UK organisation is supporting the development of an offshore renewable testing facility in Japan. The Nagasaki Asia Marine Energy Centre will act as a hub for the Asian market […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A UK organisation is supporting the development of an offshore renewable testing facility in Japan.

The Nagasaki Asia Marine Energy Centre will act as a hub for the Asian market and look into the potential of tidal energy and floating wind in the region.

It aims to secure the future of the marine energy sector in Japan and deliver a range of benefits including reduced development costs, improved safety, increased private investment and international co-operation.

As part of the consortium project commissioned by the Nagasaki Prefecture Government, the Carbon Trust has been working closely with the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo and the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association.

The UK organisation has led engagement with stakeholders to assess the level of demand and scope the key requirements to ensure the facility is attractive to the international renewable market.

Takaaki Morita, Director Marine Industry Development Office, Nagasaki Prefecture Government said: “The creation of the Nagasaki Asia Marine Energy Centre is an important step to accelerate development of ocean renewable energy in Japan as well as to create new marine industrial cluster in Nagasaki.”

Japan has set a target of producing between 22% and 24% of its total power generation from renewables by 2030.