Japan’s Fukushima Recovery Offshore Wind Farm


Japan’s Fukushima Recovery Offshore Wind Farm

wind farms in Japan
 
Since the horrible Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Japan has been investing money into renewable sources like offshore wind farms. Four years has passed since the tsunami, and Japan has unveiled the largest offshore wind turbine, 7MW, floating only around 20 km from the old Fukushima plant.
 
The $401 million Fukushima Recovery Offshore Wind Farm is a government-sponsored project consisting of 3 wind turbines. Despite the large sizes of these offshore wind turbines, the combined power will be approximately 14MW (7MW, 5MW and 2MW), which is significantly lower than the output generated by the old nuclear plant (4,696MW).
 
A consortium of 10 companies and a university are supporting this project, including: Marubeni Corporation, University of Tokyo, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United Corporation, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu Corporation, and Mizuho Information & Research Institute.
 
According to Marubeni’s website:
 
‘This project, of which the initial concept emerged in August 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, has three big themes: “By a team comprising only Japanese members,” “to pioneer Japan’s new international business,” and “to contribute to the recovery of Fukushima.” The consortium led by Marubeni was formed in March 2012.’
 
Investing in offshore wind farms makes a lot of sense for Japan, taking advantage of its coastlines, and strong winds. Now that the country is shying away from nuclear energy, it has plans to continue investing heavily in renewables like wind energy to provide electricity.
 

Posted By Sally on June 27, 2015 | 0 Comment

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