Policy / Systems / Technology

July 24, 2017


NEDO Releases First Web-Based Integrated Wind Information System 'NeoWins' for Supporting Offshore Wind Energy Development in Japan

Keywords: Environmental Technology Renewable Energy 

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Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) released on its website the national version of its offshore wind information system, NeoWins, which covers all oceans close to Japan on March 23, 2017. This is Japan's first offshore wind resource map to provide information on wind conditions, which is essential for planning offshore wind power generation plants, as well as on the natural and social environment.

The data on wind conditions provided by this system are based on high-accuracy simulations using meteorological models and offshore wind data collected by satellites. The information includes data on coastal areas and on ocean areas 30 kilometers or more beyond the coast. Using this system, wind power generation capacity can be simply calculated by inputting output-characteristics of a wind mill and the longitude and latitude of its installation site.

NeoWins also integrates multiple information sources on the natural and social environment. The information it provides on the natural environment includes water depth, marine geology, coral reef areas and habitats of birds, and with regard to the social environment, it provides information on national and quasi-national park areas, fishery rights, shipping routes, etc.

NEDO has been developing the map since 2015, and in 2016, it released a demonstration version that provided limited data on the ocean area off the coast of Choshi City in Chiba Prefecture. At the completion of the national version, NEDO expects active utilization of this system by businesses and local governments that are planning offshore wind power generation projects.