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Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima
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Japan’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima as part of plans to reconstruct the area stricken by nuclear disaster in 2011. The project aims to address electricity shortage issues that arose after the closure of the damaged Daiichi power plant and 54 other nuclear reactors throughout the country. The plan is to build 143 turbines by 2020 with the capacity to generate 1 GW of power, which will help make Fukushima energy self-sufficient by 2040.
The 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima has caused a strong public anti-nuclear fervor in Japan, and initially led to a plan to close all nuclear power plants — a plan that the new government has since retracted. The Fukushima wind farm, however, comes on the heels of other investments in renewable energy, such as a 7,000 kW solar power plant that was constructed last month by TEPCO.
The project is hoped to be commissioned in 2015, with a total of 143 wind turbines projected to be erected 16 km from Fukushima by 2020. The predictions state that Japan’s new wind farm will generate more power than the world’s current largest wind farm at at the Greated Gobbard farm near Suffolk, UK.
The 200 meter-high turbines will be built on buoyant steel frames stabilized with ballast and anchored to the continental shelf surrounding the Japanese coast. According to project manager Takeshi Ishihara of the University of Tokyo, the frequent seismic activity Japan faces will not present a problem for the project. Early computer simulations have shown that the turbines would be safe in extreme weather conditions.
Lead Photo Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, England
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