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Numerous offshore wind projects are planned in Japan and South Korea. South Korea has the ambition to add 12 GW of capacity from new offshore wind power plants by 2030 while Japan has clearly announced that, reducing the cost of floating turbines to make them more affordable by 2020 is essential to the good development of the offshore wind sector in the country and to reduce its dependence on fossil energy.

In 2016, South Korea had about 1035 MW onshore wind capacity but the country does not intend to stop there: for the next 5 years, the government plans to invest 36 billion of US dollars to develop renewable energy sources and about 8 billion of dollars just for the offshore wind sector. In accordance with South Korea’s 8th Basic Plan for Electricity Supply and Demand, the country plans to increase the installed wind power capacity to a total 17.7 GW by 2030, with offshore wind power accounting for about 14 GW.

A total of 4 GW offshore wind capacity will be already allocated in South Korea in a first phase with the biggest project being Southwest, a wind farm with 2,5 GW capacity which will be located in the Yellow sea, South-West of Seoul. The first step is to install 60 MW of producing capacity for the test phase. In this area, the seabed is characterized by a thick layer of mud, giving tender managers additional challenges in implementing wind turbines such that floating wind turbines could be a better choice.

Another project for South Korea is a 1 GW project located around 30 miles from Pohang and Ulsan developed by Macquarie Group. There is no further details about the timeline or the number of turbines concerning this project for the moment, as it is still in the early planning stages.

In Japan, the first foundation made for large-scale wind turbines has been finished and is ready to be tested in the Osaka Bay. NEDO, the Japanese organization in charge of the research, development and promotion of industrial and urban technologies, supports this project and the development of new wind turbines.
Regarding these new turbines, emphasis is put on new materials, and two bladed concepts. New material can help reduce wind turbine weights which will be key as floating wind will be predominant in Japan considering the deep waters surrounding the islands. Moreover any gain will reduce the production cost of offshore projects and so ultimately, reduce the price of energy.

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