Nabla Wind Hub at the Basque Trade - SPRI Group days of the Euskadi Japan 2023

Nabla Wind Hub at the Basque Trade - SPRI Group days of the Euskadi Japan 2023

28 Apr 2023

These last days of April, the city of Bilbao has hosted the Euskadi-Japan 2023 internationalization days, organized by the Basque Trade & Investment, the Basque Agency for Internationalization of the SPRI Group, in order to boost trade relations between the two countries.

During these days a delegation of 17 Japanese companies, which include some of the most relevant firms in the Japanese offshore wind sector such as Mitsubishi or Toshiba, have been able to see firsthand the capabilities of the Basque business network regarding the wind energy sector.

And the fact is that in the Basque Country there is a large concentration of companies related to the wind energy sector, which comes to around a total of 500 companies. A very unusual case, regarding the huge concentration of businesses located in a very small region, which may be of interest in terms of trade relations with foreign countries.

As of today, in the Basque Country it is possible to manufacture all the components of a wind turbine (except for the wind blades), which from a commercial perspective is very attractive for Japan, currently in the process of expanding its offshore fleet.

On the other hand, Japan's portfolio of onshore wind assets is about thousands of MW, and here the Japanese need expertise to properly operate the assets outside of the OEMs. That is, where Nabla comes in.

Since last year, Nabla Wind Hub has been collaborating with the Japanese country through the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA), and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), by means of different workshops about wind farm optimization, offering they know-how and expertise on the latest trends in O&M technology and wind farm life extension.

In this occasion, within the framework Euskadi-Japan 2023, we were invited to talk about our experience in collaboration projects with the Japanese country, as well as to share our views on the existing business opportunities in terms of wind power technology in Fukushima and the future challenges that can be jointly addressed.

We would like to thank the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA) for counting on us once more for this event, and the Basque Trade & Investment for making these enriching meetings possible.

In the picture above you can see: Mr Takahiro Nakamae, Japan Ambassador to Spain; Mr Yugo Yoshida, Chief Director at Fukushima of JETRO – Japan External Trade Organization; Mr Ruben Ruiz de Gordejuela, CTO at Nabla Wind Hub; Mr Yasuhiro Hattori, Managing Director of FREA – Fukushima Renewable Energy Agency; Ms Arantxa Tapia, Basque Minister for Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment; Mr Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima; Mr Mikel Amundarain, Basque Vice Minister of Industry; Ms Ainhoa Ondarzabal, General Director of Basque Trade; Mr Takaharu Horinouchi, General Manager JETRO Spain; & Mr Kohei Yoshida, General Manager Toyota Hydrogen Development Division