Giant Japanese wind farm to replace Fukushima power plant

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In the wake of the 2011 Fukishima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japan has decided to build a 1GW wind farm.

This wind farm is intended to replace the Fukishima nuclear power plant, since it has been partially crippled, and its malfunction raised safety concerns, causing many to oppose nuclear power and avoid the risk associated with the inability of nuclear power plant operators to contain certain reactor disasters.

54 nuclear reactors were shut down because of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Except for the power from two, which already are back online, the power they supplied needs to be replaced.

The new wind farm will be comprised of 143 wind turbines on a platform that is 16 km (9.9 miles) off the coast of Fukishima. It is expected to be built by 2020.

The Greater Gabbard wind farm has 140 wind turbines, three fewer than the planned Fukushima farm. However, the turbines used for the Japanese wind farm are nearly twice as powerful as the ones used at Greater Gabbard.

This wind farm is part of Fukushima’s goal to become completely energy independent by 2040.

The UK is currently leading the offshore wind industry with a keen enthusiasm for offshore wind. But Japan is clearly eyeing the space as well.

On another note, the Fukushima Prefecture is also set to build the country’s largest solar farm. Add that to this 1GW wind farm, which is to have twice the power capacity of the largest offshore wind farm currently in operation in the world (Greater Gabbard, off the coast of Suffolk, UK), and Japan will have some clean energy momentum behind it.



This article was originally posted on Cleantechnica. Re-posted with permission.  

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  • Minwoo Kim

    Obama’s energy policy is right. Japan’s FiT in July is among the highest in the world. Japan’s FiT is shaking the renewable energy market. New solutions will be showed in Japan. This is it! Floating wind turbine is one of the best solutions for USA and UK. UK has more install places around its shores than any other in the world. USA has Atlantic Coast. As you know, Every year Some typhoons arrive Japan. The typhoon has strong wind. Floating wind turbines must have constructed to resist typhoons. So they have to reduce vibration to install floating wind turbines on the sea. Because, it makes many kinds of problems! It’s increasing the durability problem of floating wind turbine. Vibration’s caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for floating wind turbines has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when floating wind turbines are being rolled, pitched and yawed on the water. Recently, this Floating Body Stabilizers have been used to reduce vibration of floating solar panels in South Korea. You can see New Floating Body Stabilizer videos in YouTube.,

  • Warwick

    How does a 1GW wind farm replace a 4.7GW nuclear power plant?