Japan Expanding Floating Wind Farm Amid Intensifying Global Race

  • Pilot project off Fukushima is currently world’s largest
  • Japan has 500 gigawatts of potential floating wind capacity

Tugboats pull a floating wind turbine from off the coast of Sumoto Port on July 2.

Photographer: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

Japan’s ambition to lead in the development of floating wind turbines is facing stiff competition from rivals in Europe -- most notably from France -- as companies and governments press to lower costs and prove the technology can rival other sources of clean energy.

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