Hitachi Receives Order for Japan's Largest Wind-power Plant

Dec 26, 2012
Mami Akasaka, Tech-On!
The HTW2.0-80 installed at the Wind Power Kamisu wind-power plant (photo courtesy of Hitachi)
The HTW2.0-80 installed at the Wind Power Kamisu wind-power plant (photo courtesy of Hitachi)
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Hitachi Ltd received an order for 40 "HTW2.0-80" 2MW wind generator systems for a large-scale wind-power plant whose capacity will be increased by Aoyama-kogen Wind Farm Co Ltd in Tsu and Iga cities, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Currently, Aoyama-kogen Wind Farm owns 20 (15MW) wind generator systems. With the new 40 wind generator systems, it will be the company that has the largest wind power generation capacity in Japan (95MW).

This time, Hitachi received an order for the construction, designing, manufacturing and installation of the power plant. Of the 40 new systems, 18 will start operations in March 2016, and the rest will start operations in March 2017.

The "Down Wind" technology, which Hitachi employed for the HTW2.0-80, enables to reduce foundation cost by reducing wind load with a "weathercock effect." And it realizes a high power generation efficiency in areas where wind blows up such as hills, the company said.

Hitachi purchased a wind generator system business from Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd in July 2012 and started development and production in its plant in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. So far, Hitachi has received orders for about 110 2MW wind generator systems. And it aims to have the largest share in the Japanese market for wind generator systems in fiscal 2015 by strengthening its sales activities.