Fukushima, from Nuclear Power to Wind Power

by Antonio Pasolini on January 22, 2013

Explosion in Fukushima. Credit: AFP/HO/NHK

Since the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, and which resulted in one of the worst nuclear accidents in recent history, Japan has signaled its intentions to transition towards clean, alternative energy. Japanese officials recently announced that the country intends to build the largest wind farm in the world. The offshore wind farm will be built ten miles off the coast of Fukushima, where the nuclear spill took place. The projected farm could generate 1 GW of power.

According to a Phys report, the local municipal administration would like to be 100 percent powered with renewable energy by 2040. The wind farm will be financed with money collected via a feed-in tariff scheme for wind power projects that came into effect in July, 1st. There was been a 8.2 percent increase in wind energy production since then.

The wind farm off the Fukushima coast is expected to be constructed by 2020 and tests have been carried out to confirm its safety in cases of earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.


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