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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fukushima could be replaced by a floating wind farm

We all are aware how devastating the Fukushima nuclear disaster was to Japan. But now the Japanese government intends to build floating wind farms about 15 to 25 miles off the island. Now this step in no way can produce enough power to replace Fukushima.

First off they plan to install a 2 MW wind turbine and if all goes well they plan to deploy two 7 MW wind turbines. Each reactor at Fukushima was 1,100 MW a piece as this article spells out. So the 7 MW wind turbines pale in comparison to one of those nuclear reactors. Furthermore Fukushima is owned by TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) the same people that brought the CHAdeMO standard to the Nissan Leaf. If you wish to read more about this, more information can be found here.

Like I say they will not be able to produce as much electricity as Fukushima did, but this can be thought of as a first step in the renewable energy sector by a big player in the game.

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