|February 22, 2012|
Wind Power Comes to Fukushima
|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.