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Relatec Co., Ltd. Announcement of the establishment of the Mutsu Ogawara Marine Weather Observation Center, a base that will contribute to improving the accuracy of wind condition observation and support the future of offshore wind power generation

[Relatec Co., Ltd.] Announcement of the establishment of the Mutsu Ogawara Marine Weather Observation Center, a base that will contribute to improving the accuracy of wind condition observation and support the future of offshore wind power generation.
*Relatec Co., Ltd.*
Press release: July 9, 2024
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Announcement of establishment of Mutsu Ogawara Marine Meteorological Observation Center, a base that will contribute to improving the accuracy of wind condition observation and support the future of offshore wind power generation
*Japan’s first offshore wind power generation wind condition observation test site to be jointly operated by four companies in industry-academia collaboration with Kobe University*
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Relatec Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Relatec”) is the Japan Weather Association (hereinafter referred to as “Japan Weather Association”), Kitanihon Kaiji Kogyo Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Kita Nihon Kaiji Kogyo”), Kobe University Innovation Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Kita Nihon Kaiji Kogyo”), , “Kobe University Innovation”), Mutsu Ogawara Marine Meteorological Observation Center (Representative Director: Professor Emeritus, Kobe University)
Eiichi Kobayashi (hereinafter referred to as “MOC”) was established. Our company is conducting the Mutsu Ogawara Offshore Wind Observation Test Site (hereinafter referred to as “the Mutsu Ogawara Offshore Wind Observation Test Site (hereinafter referred to as “the main The purpose is to operate a “test site”). *
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At this test site, the facilities will be open to the general public for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of remote sensing equipment such as Doppler lidar (*1) for wind condition surveys, and observation data such as offshore wind condition observation masts will be collected. Offers. In the future, we will develop this site as a test site that will be widely used by wind power generation project personnel, R&D project implementers (wind conditions, weather, ecosystems, environment, etc.), and local stakeholders involved in port safety and education. . We aim to contribute to the introduction of renewable energy such as offshore wind power generation, and also contribute to the development of local communities. *

Mutsu Ogawara Marine Weather Observation Center HP
http://moc.or.jp/
Mutsu Ogawara Offshore Wind Observation Test Site HP
https://mo-testsite.com/
Please see this press release for the background of the establishment of the corporation.
https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000002.000145673.html
■Corporate overview
・Corporate name: Mutsu Ogawara Marine Meteorological Observation Center, General Incorporated Association
(MOC: Mutsu-ogawara met-ocean Observation Center)
・Directors: Eiichi Kobayashi (representative), Taiichi Hayashi, Akihiro Honda, Mizuki Konagatani, Hiroshi Tsujimoto, Kazuhiro Kawamoto ・Auditor Fumihiko Iizuka
・Employees Relatec Co., Ltd., Japan Weather Association, Kitanihon Kaiji Kogyo Co., Ltd., Kobe University Innovation Co., Ltd.
・Address: Suzuwa Building Puzzle Asakusabashi, 5-2-3 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0053
■New corporation business details
*1. Accuracy verification of wind condition observation equipment, etc. * We provide a test site for accuracy verification of Doppler lidar equipment used in wind condition surveys for wind power generation. It is also possible for our corporation (MOC) to issue these accuracy verification reports.

*2. Research and development/educational use *
For example, it can be used as an offshore research platform useful for research and development such as the following. Additionally, observational data will be used to create joint research with Kobe University and educational opportunities for students.

Examples of research and development themes:
・Observation equipment and numerical models for wind condition surveys ・Observation equipment for meteorological and oceanographic conditions ・Numerical models
・Others (weather, sea conditions, environment, ecosystem, experiments in cold regions, heavy salt damage environments, etc.)

*3. Local contribution *
Weather and oceanographic data observed at this test site will be used to provide information for use of the sea area. In addition, we will conduct joint research with academic institutions in Japan, including Aomori Prefecture, and provide opportunities as an educational facility.
Figure 1 Schematic diagram of wind condition observation equipment (equipment not available at this test site is also included in the diagram)
■About the management system
MOC manages and operates the Mutsu Ogawara Offshore Wind Observation Test Site, and provides meteorological and oceanographic observation data necessary for the calibration of wind observation equipment related to offshore wind power generation and related technology development. , was established with the purpose of promoting the introduction of renewable energy and contributing to the development of ocean development in Japan. We have also entered into a joint research agreement with Kobe University, which owns this test site, and aim to develop the field of research and development by
collaborating.

Figure 2 Organizational structure diagram
* ■Comment from MOC Chairman*
* MOC Representative Director / Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, National Corporation Kobe University *
*Eiichi Kobayashi*
His specialty is the kinematics of floating bodies. Responsible for research on ship motion and the marine environment at the Research Institute of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Afterwards, as a professor at Kobe University, he promoted research related to maritime fields such as seafarer education and maritime traffic analysis. After retiring from Kobe University, he worked at the NPO Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Formation Promotion Council, supporting the conversion of local maritime-related industries to new marine industry fields and educating working adults about the offshore wind turbine business.
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Thanks to the efforts and cooperation of related parties, and in particular the support of NEDO, we have established the Mutsu Ogawara Offshore Wind Observation Test Site, which conducts preliminary verification and evaluation of equipment that observes wind
conditions, which is extremely important for offshore wind power generation projects. The Mutsu Ogawara Marine and Meteorological Observation Center, managed and operated in collaboration with Kobe University, has been inaugurated. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you. We are proud that we are on par with the leading European sites in the offshore wind turbine business, both in terms of software and hardware. We look forward to your continued support. * MOC Representative Director / Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, Eiichi Kobayashi
* ■Comment from Professor Teruo Osawa, Kobe University*
* Teruo Osawa, Professor, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, National University Corporation*
With a background in meteorology, he enrolled at Gifu University’s Graduate School of Engineering for four years from 2000, where he was involved in environmental and energy-related research. In 2004, he joined his current position at Kobe University’s Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, where he became involved in ocean-related research. Currently, his research focuses on offshore wind condition surveys that combine weather, energy, and the ocean.
* There is no freely usable observation data…This was the biggest struggle for a researcher who has spent more than 20 years researching offshore wind conditions. *
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This time, as part of the NEDO project, an offshore wind observation test site that is freely available to everyone has been completed. When I think of all the days I’ve been busy collecting data, I feel overwhelmed. Together with MOC, Kobe University will do its best to maintain and manage the test site in order to contribute as much as possible to Japan’s offshore wind development. I hope you will take full advantage of it. *

Teruo Osawa, Professor, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University * ■Overview/comments of employee company *
– *Relatec Co., Ltd.*
Relatec Co., Ltd. provides wind condition surveys (observation, simulation, analysis) for wind power generation and related advanced technical consulting services based on the research results of the Teruo Osawa Laboratory at Kobe University. We were founded in November 2020 as a Kobe University-certified venture company with
industry-academia collaboration. In order to realize our company’s vision of “creating a planet (town) that people want to live in for 100 years,” our long-term goal is to contribute to the development of floating offshore wind power generation in Japan. By achieving this goal, we will contribute to building a sustainable energy society. *
Through the NEDO project, the Mutsu-Ogawara Offshore Wind Observation Test Site was developed and I am happy that it has started as a test site that can be used by many people. We are also pleased to announce the establishment of the Mutsu Ogawara Marine Meteorological Observation Center (MOC), which will operate the test site. We believe that this kind of test site is the first of its kind in Japan and will play an important role in the healthy expansion of the market for offshore wind power generation. Furthermore, we look forward to disseminating information from Mutsu Ogawara Port in Aomori Prefecture to the world as an offshore research platform that will be useful not only in the field of wind power generation but also in a variety of research fields. As a member of MOC, Relatec will be involved in the operation of this test site and would like to contribute to society through research and development and community contributions. *

Relatec Co., Ltd. Representative Director Mizuki Konagaya
– *Japan Weather Association*
The Japan Weather Association was established in 1950 as a pioneer in weather consulting services in Japan, with the mission of contributing to society through meteorological, environmental, disaster prevention, and information services in order to “create a safe, secure, and comfortable society.”
We operate as a one-of-a-kind business entity that provides one-stop services ranging from planning proposals to surveys, data analysis, information provision, and consulting in the fields of meteorology, disaster prevention, and the environment.
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The Japan Weather Association’s environmental conservation efforts began with the prediction of air pollution, which is strongly influenced by weather conditions. Since then, air pollution in Japan has improved dramatically, and now, in order to promote the
introduction of wind energy, which is essential to counter global warming, we are building consensus through environmental impact assessments, estimating the amount of energy available through wind observation, and obtaining type certification for wind turbines. , has become an organization that handles a wide range of technologies such as weather and sea forecasts during construction, power generation forecasts, etc. The Japan Weather Association utilizes the experience it has cultivated over the years to achieve the goals of this corporation: “To promote the introduction of renewable energy, including offshore wind power generation, and to contribute to the development of weather and oceanographic observation technology. We will continue to contribute to the local community. *

Kazuhiro Watanabe, Representative Director, Japan Weather Association – * Kitanihon Kaiji Kogyo Co., Ltd. *
We are a company specializing in marine civil engineering based in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture. Founded in 1972, we carry out marine-related operations such as building breakwaters and other port facilities and dredging navigation channels. We own three fully rotating crane vessels and uphold our corporate philosophy of “Customer First,” “Safety First,” and “Quality First,” and utilize the technical know-how we have cultivated every day to meet the needs of our customers. Masu.
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The newly established Mutsu Ogawara Marine Weather Observation Center will be based at Mutsu Ogawara Port, located in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture. It is an important port designated by government ordinance, and our company has also been involved in port
construction. It is also a port where Mutsu Ogawara Port Offshore Wind Power Development Co., Ltd., in which our company has a capital stake, is planning to introduce offshore wind power generation. As a company within the prefecture, we will be responsible for the maintenance and maintenance of the observation equipment managed by the observation center, and will work together with our founding employees to ensure proper operation and management. *

Kitanihon Kaiji Kogyo Co., Ltd. Representative Director Daisuke Kuwahara – *Kobe University Innovation Co., Ltd.*
Kobe University Innovation Co., Ltd. was established in March 2020 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe University.
Kobe University’s work, including industry-academia collaboration, technology transfer, and support for the creation of
university-originated ventures, has been externalized so that it can be carried out flexibly and efficiently.
The creation of innovations from universities and the promotion of initiatives for social implementation are essential for future society, and our company will contribute to making this a reality. * We would like to congratulate you on the establishment of the Mutsu Ogawara Marine Meteorological Observation Center, a general
incorporated association. *

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This offshore wind power test site is the only one in Japan, and we believe it has great social significance, and we hope that the results that the Japan Weather Association, Relatec, and Kobe University have jointly studied in the NEDO project will come to fruition. I am very happy. *

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At Kobe University, the Hydrogen and Future Energy Technology Research Center will be established on November 1, 2023, expanding the possibility of collaboration. We would be happy if we could contribute to deepening collaboration through Kobe University innovation. * Kobe University Innovation Co., Ltd. Representative Director Takami Matsuo [Note]
*1 Doppler lidar
This is a device that uses light (near infrared rays) to remotely measure wind direction and wind speed at observation points in the sky or horizontal direction, and is useful in various fields such as various weather observations, determining the business feasibility of wind power generation, and monitoring for safe flight operations of aircraft. It can be used.

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