After the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed the Fukishima nuclear power plant, Japan is diversifying its energy mix. Engineers are currently installing the world’s largest floating wind turbine just 12 miles off the Fukishima coast. It is one of three turbines sponsored by the Japanese government that will be connected to a floating sub-power station.
The 344-foot tower can withstand 65-foot waves, including tsunamis. The turbine was secured to the seabed last week by four 20-ton anchors. The chains attached to the tower are deliberately slackened so they can move as needed if the waves do become tall and violent.
Before the 2011 earthquake, 30 percent of Japan’s power was nuclear. Now, almost half of those reactors have been taken offline. Since the disaster, the country has spent about $80 billion importing fossil fuels to keep the power flowing. The 7 megawatt floating wind turbine is the first of three slated to be installed, and comprises part of a project aimed at exploring alternative energy methods, with the goal being to find safe and efficient alternatives to nuclear power.
Via NBC News
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