Nagasaki to create test site for marine renewables

Nagasaki prefecture, Japan, plans to develop a testing site for renewable marine energy to aid research and development of this sector.

According to Wall Street Journal, the government of the Nagasaki prefecture will include the marine renewables experiment sites in the projects for the current fiscal year.

The testing sites are expected to create 50 jobs and secure regular customers by 2022, and will be based on Goto islands.

“The marine energy industry is still at a very early stage. This could offer plenty of scope for testing in Japan,” Yoichi Oda, an official of the Cabinet Office that provides support for ocean energy usage projects, was quoted as saying by Wall Street Journal.

In January 2015, Japanese politicians and business leaders visited the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

During the visit the importance of collaboration with the Orkney centre was highlighted in order for a similar facility to be developed in Nagasaki.

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Image: EMEC/Illustration

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