ELBE Alliance organizes a mission to Japan with nine European SMEs with a focus on offshore wind

Submitted by Ander González on 16 November 2022

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Offshore wind power in Japan attracts the interest of European companies with knowledge and experience in the sector. Due to this interest, the ELBE Alliance organized a mission coordinated by the Basque Energy CLuster from November 7 to 11 in which 9 European companies participated. Individual meetings and visits to facilities of interest were organized, in addition to attending the largest wind energy event in Japan, organized by GWEC and JWPA.

The Japanese offshore wind market is beginning to position itself clearly, with defined plans and targets for new renewable generation. Due to the competitiveness of the wind market in this region of the world, the European industry has great interest in the country.

For this reason, the ELBE Alliance has organized a mission to the country with a part of meetings and private visits for the companies that attended the mission and participation in the largest offshore wind event in the country, the Global Offshore Wind Summit, organized by GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) and JWPA (Japan Wind Energy Association). The European delegation was made up of the companies Ditrel, Liftra, Nautilus, Saitec, Cathie, Ebo Enterprises, Marlinks and 24Sea, also accompanied by the Belgian Blue Cluster.

The first two days of the mission consisted of visiting port facilities and nearshore wind farms in the coastal area of ​​Tokyo and organizing meetings with Japanese companies through JWPA. The delegation had the opportunity to listen to the presentations and interact with companies such as TEPCO, WPE, Hitachi, JFE Engineering and Class NK.

The rest of the week, the delegation traveled to Akita, in the north of the country, to attend the Global Offshore Wind Summit, which brought together more than 700 participants with extensive experience in the wind sector. In addition, ACE managed to close a meeting with Iberdrola-Japan and Cosmo, who are going to collaborate in the upcoming offshore wind auctions in the country.

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