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Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Offshore Wind Farm

by Range

I think it’s definitely a good idea to try to replace some of the world’s nuclear power plants with clean and sustainable sources of energy. After the disaster at the Fukishima power plant, Japan has unveiled a plan to decrease its reliance on nuclear energy and move towards greater use of wind power.

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To help with this transition, the Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm by 2020. It will be located near the current site of the now-defunct Fukushima nuclear power plant. The wind farm will have 143 wind turbines on floating platforms anchored to the sea floor. Once fully operational, the wind farm could generate up to a gigawatt of power.

This latest project is part of Japan’s initiative to become completely energy self-sufficient by 2040.

[via New Scientist]

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Comments (3):

  1. John Hughes says:

    The headline is “Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Wind Farm”.

    The text of the story describes a wind farm that would produce “up to a gigawatt of power.”

    Fukushima produced more that a gigawatt of power. The title of this article is not correct, i.e. it is wrong. There is a difference between wrong and right. Wrong things should be avoided, especially by journalists.

    • G.R.L. Cowan says:

      Hear, hear. The windfarm, should it ever come into existence, will replace a tenth of the lost output of the plant its name is linked with. That plant’s two largest and youngest reactors, if their retirement was reversed, could outproduce several such windfarms.

      But the Japanese government is hugely profiting on the, so far, 100 percent replacement of FD1’s output with gas and oil. Reducing that take to only 90 percent, some time in the sweet by and by, is tokenism.

      Journalists should avoid parrotting the petrodollar line, unless of course they want to stay on good terms with petrodollars.

    • Technabob says:

      I don’t quite get your logic. What does how much power it produces relative to the old Fukushima plant have to do with whether or not it’s the largest offshore wind farm?

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