TOKYO—MOL PLUS(Representative: Takuya Sakamoto; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) today announced its intent to invest in Metro Weather, Co., Ltd. (President: Junichi Furumoto; Headquarters: Uji-shi, Kyoto), a startup company that provides solutions forobservation and forecasting of wind conditions using Doppler Lidar ⁽Note1⁾.
With the vision“Controlling the wind, and realizing the safer skies,” Metro Weather aims to assist problem-solving in various industries and deliver information on wind conditions to drone flight control systems by providing a wind condition solution with a compact, lightweight, low-price Doppler Lidar.
MOL PLUS will contribute to social implementation of wind condition solutions realized by Metro Weather. It has a policy to proactively promote business tie-ups with the MOL Group. MOL PLUS and Metro Weather agreed to engage in a joint study of wind condition measurement at sea on the yacht WINZ MARU, which was used for the sea trial of the Wind Hunter Project ⁽Note 2⁾ with Mitsui O.S.K.Lines, Ltd..
MOL PLUS continually works to generate synergetic effects based on startup companies’ innovative ideas and technologies and the MOL Group’s resources through investment in and collaboration with startups, aiming to create new businesses PLUS new value to the ocean shipping industry and society.
(Note 1) An atmospheric observation device that can observe wind speed and direction by irradiating a laser beam in atmosphere and receiving reflected light from dust and fine particles in the atmosphere.
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