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UK based offshore wind & hydrogen corporate advisor and trainer; Faculty member World Hydrogen Leaders. Delivering global hydrogen and offshore wind corporate investment advice, business...

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Testing of turbines in Typhoon prone areas.

“We chose Goto for the project because the climate here is among the harshest in all of Japan because of the frequent typhoons, so we thought that if it worked well here, the turbine could operate almost anywhere in the world,” Sato said. 

The turbine has survived the worst that the elements could throw at it, including seventeen-metre waves and wind speeds gusting up to 55.0 meters per second at the height of Typhoon Maysak in September 2020.

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Now, I wonder where else the technology could be applied!



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Matt Chester on Mar 5, 2021

Japan is in the unenviable position of not having domestic fuel sources readily available given its geographies, massive power demands from its bustling urban centers and industrial sector, and the threat of earthquakes and storms making offshore rather difficult. In that light, it's encouraging to see this type of wind turbine development enable them to better embrace their own power production in a clean and localized way. 

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