Wind Power Comes to Fukushima

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Japan’s nuclear disaster last year was more than a large-scale tragedy: it was a wake-up call to the dangers of nuclear power. Germany responded swiftly and decided to pull the plug on its reactors. All over the world a new wave of anti-nuclear sentiment emerged.

Now a consortium of more than ten Japanese companies will erect an experimental wind farm near the nuclear plant that went off. According to Renewable Energy Magazine, which cites the Fiki Press as the source of the news, the wind farm will comprise floating wind turbines and its capacity will be 12 MW.

The initiative is part of a wider government’s plan to invest around US$125.4 to US$250.8 in floating offshore wind platforms in Japan. The country has big plans for wind energy as it searches for renewable energy to fill in the gap left by nuclear. It intends to install 1,000 MW off its coast by 2020.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.