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Japan green light for WindFloat

Approval in principle to deploy floating foundation in country's waters

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Principle Power’s WindFloat floating offshore wind foundation has been approved for use in Japanese waters.

Japanese classification society ClassNK has issued an approval in principle for a WindFloat foundation that features a 5MW turbine, Principle Power said.

The issuance indicates that the WindFloat floating offshore wind foundation is conceptually feasible in accordance with the strict Japanese design and regulatory standards, it said.

It also shows that risks have been properly analysed and that ClassNK is satisfied that the engineering for the foundation is suitable for deployment in the offshore environment.

The technology now has three approvals in principle for projects off the coasts of the US, Portugal, France and Japan.

“We are quite pleased to receive this approval in principle from ClassNK,” Principle Power president João Metelo said.

“Along with the other approvals we have received from global classification societies, it serves as an indication how far the WindFloat has come and the broad acceptance it has achieved.

“These approvals are a key demonstration of our progress towards full WindFloat commercialisation.”

Image: Principle Power

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