Japan Planning World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm To Replace Fukushima N-Plant   57 comments


Fukushima N-Disaster Puts Wind Up Japanese Government!


                                               Fukushima ExplosionFukushima 11 March 2012 Credit Reuters_Kyodo

Following the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor, due to earthquake and tsunami damage, The Japanese government’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy intends to replace the crippled nuke plant with the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

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The site is ideal for this purpose because the set-up is already in place to convey power when the Daiichi N-plant was still operational.

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Construction of 143 wind turbines on buoyant stands fixed to the ocean floor 16 kilometres (10 miles) off the coast of Fukushima is expected to be complete by 2020.

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The wind farm will generate 1 gigawatt of power once completed, and is part of Fukushima’s plan to become completely energy self-sufficient by 2040, using renewable sources alone. It is also planning to build a Solar Farm which when construction is complete will be the largest in the country.

The closest rival to this planned Japanese wind farm – the Greater Gabbard farm off the coast of Suffolk, UK — currently the world’s largest farm, will surpass the has 140 turbines which generate 504 megawatts.

WindfarmInitially a 2-megawatt turbine, a substation and deep-sea cable system beneath the ocean will be constructed. More turbines would be assembled as and when they became affordable. It is hoped that suspended steel supports which would be attached to the ocean floor can be used as stands for the turbines rather than attaching them straight onto the bed of the ocean. Standing at a height of 200 metres the first turbine would have Ballast below it to ensure it stayed upright and stable.

Risk of Seismic Activity to Turbines

According to Takeshi Ishihara, the Project Manager, of the University of Tokyo Seismic activity risks will not be an problem.

The project’s tests including computer simulations and testing of water tanks have proved that in the event of earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons etc the turbines will be safe.

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And if the wind farm was to be damaged although a power loss would occur, the problem of radioactive waste would not.

“All extreme conditions have been taken into consideration in the design. This project is important — I think it is impossible to use nuclear power in Fukushima again,” ~ Takeshi Ishihara

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The wind farm will be paid for using money currently being collected via a feed-in tariff scheme for wind projects set up by the government – Effective from July 1, 2012 money had been collected by a government wind project scheme, and it is this money that will be paying for the wind farm. According to Japan’s Wind Power Association there has already been an 8.2 percent increase in the energy producing capacity of these sort of plants.




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57 responses to “Japan Planning World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm To Replace Fukushima N-Plant

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  1. Hooray!!! Thank you for this great news!

    • Thought it was about time we had some positive news bouncing cheerfully around cyberspace 🙂 There’s so much bad news in the world the great and encouraging news gets swept under the carpet far too swiftly and never gets a look in! Not on this blog! lol 😉 Great too, that it brought cheer to your day!

      • Agreed, agreed, CindyKnoke – this is great : and thank you Europasicewolf for putting it out there.

        No good news is swept under the carpet on this blog – YES! 🙂

      • Hi, great to see you again! Thank you for calling in and leaving a very cool comment 😉 Good news is so rare these days that it would criminal not to put it out there and to sweep it under the carpet!! 🙂

  2. I like the idea of using the wind for energy – it makes sense as it is energy in itself! An interesting post this, Icewolf. I know that some don’t like the turbines spoiling the views, but I think they all look very effective, especially when the arms / blades / wing-thingies are rotating at the same speeds as each other. I’ve seen a few wind farms and don’t think any look out of place…

    • I was amused to hear the other day, that some wind turbines had to be temporarily shut down because of high winds causing them to rotate so fast that they were producing more energy that could be coped with! Imagine Aquatom! Too much energy! And there are those that try to tell us wind energy will never give us enough! I think it makes great sense as an energy source and should be utilised regardless of short-sighted individuals who care more about short term pretty views outside their window than the long term future of the planet. So far as looking out of place goes, there are some interesting new design concepts being developed that could revolutionise the “appearance issue” completely if they’re utilised. Specifically designed not to tower into the sky… 🙂

  3. Merhaba,
    Benim sevgili ve özel arkadaşım Buz 🙂
    değerli dostluğun için teşekkür ederim
    güzel bir hafta ve iyi geceler diliyorum
    kendine iyi bak benim sevgili arkadaşım..
    size sonsuz sevgilerimi yolluyorum..
    öptümmmmmmmm 🙂

    • Merhaba! İyi akşamlar!
      Bu İngiltere’de kar yağışı olmuştur yine benim güzel arkadaşım Seçil 🙂
      Çok soğuk ve her yerde buz
      Ben çok soğuk buz kurt 😦
      Türkiye’de sıcak ve güneşli mi? 🙂
      çok özel ve güzel bir hafta diliyorum
      ve bir buz tutuşta
      Aşk ve kucaklama…Buz öptümmmmmmmm!! 😀

  4. This is wonderful news for Mother Earth. I am excited. Thanks for sharing. I am going to reblog this as it needs to be shared over and over.

  5. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    This will do much to heal Mother Earth

    • Thank you! Wolfie hugs to you 🙂 I sincerely hope it will help in the healing of Mother Earth… I have finally accessed your blog! I haven’t been able to get it to load for some reason and the phone wasn’t any help either. So! I should be over to visit anytime soon 🙂

  6. windfarms are safer during war also as there is no aftermath when hit

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  8. What wonderful news,thank you for sharing this. And I love your site’s artistry!

  9. YaY!! Happy, happy news!!
    Anyone who thinks wind can’t create our energy has never been anywhere near where I live…we’d be one of the places overloading the power grids with days and days of winds blowing 25-50+mph. It would be nice to know that while the wind was howling like an angry Banshee around my door and rattling my windows for half the year, it was also doing some good! 🙂

  10. Quite a progect, and hopefully more safe with modern technologyNeat pictoral, with a bit of good news(“-“)

  11. Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love, affection and a bond that holds two people together.
    What can be more special than the special bond of friendship that we share?
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you my friend.. Nicki

    • God kväll Nicki 🙂
      Tack för ditt besök och vänliga kommentar
      Hoppas ni haft en bra Alla hjärtans dag …
      Jag tror att vår vänskapsband är mycket viktigare för mig men 🙂
      Ha en trevlig helg
      Kram Wolfie 🙂

  12. I see this as a very positive step. If this is a success, it may even encourage other governments to think about their energy supplies.

  13. Hallo liebe Wolfie einen lieben Gruß und einen schönen Valentinstag wünsche ich dir,ein toller bericht hast du wieder verfasst von der lieben Mutter Erde,vielen Dank wieder für das wissen von dir, und das ich es teilen darf.Wünsche dir einen schönen Tag,und alles gute.Gruß und Freundschaft. Gislinde.

    • Guten Abend Gislinde ..
      Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch und Art Kommentar 🙂
      Hoffe, Sie hatten einen schönen Valentinstag…

      Ihr neues Thema ist genial! Ihr Blog sieht toll aus!
      Herzlichen Glückwunsch, es ist schön 🙂
      Ich wünsche Ihnen ein schönes Wochenende
      Wolfie umarmen 🙂

  14. another wonderfully put together post Wolfie, and I wish more would follow suit instead of pursuing the Nuclear plan.. I am all for Wind Farms.. .. Love and Blessings and Hope you have a wonderful Valentines..

    • Thanks Sue…the effectiveness of wind farms depends on location conditions…some places just won’t be windy enough! There’s fussy humans to contend with too who won’t like the view…!

      • Yes we had Five erected near our location and many people protested.. about the view.. I would often get caught up in conversations at the time and pose the question would you sooner have a nuclear plant on your doorstep then?…
        The Wind Farm went ahead! 🙂

      • Yes…lol…that’s my typical response too 😉 I usually add the subject of meltdowns, exposed fuel rods, and plumes of radioactive contamination polluting the very air they breathe. That usually works quite well too 🙂

      • Haha! Great minds again Wolfie…. keep barking-howling at their heels.. 🙂 😉 xx

  15. Wind turbines are a great idea!

  16. WHAT? Somebody said BATH???? *runs away*

    • RUMPY!!! Come back immediately and stop being such a wimp! 😀 Look…I even have some lovely perfumed shampoo and sweet smelling conditioner to make you into a deluxe soft and fluffy Malamute 🙂 Now wouldn’t that be wonderful….. 😉 …..RUMPYYYY!!!!

  17. I have been saying for years, that the answer is blowing in the wind !!! 🙂

  18. Wünsche dir einen guten und glücklichen Start in die neue Woche,hoffentlich kommt bald der Frühling.Gruß und Freundschaf.Gislinde

  19. Wind energy – way to go, I reckon. Thank you for yet another enlightening post – the local media in Singapore did not report this, as far as I can tell.

    • Wind energy has its pros and Cons but even in the worst case scenario its still going to ne far less critical than a meltdown at a nuclear reactor.

      This post subject doesn’t seem to have been widely reported anywhere; interesting what comes to lighv when you dig a little deeper!

  20. I think this is a supercool idea!! Atleast lives won’t be lost anymore! 🙂

    • It’s an excellent way forward and certainly seems to offer a brighter future for Japanese residents. It would so cool if other countries were to follow the example but so many excuses to not even give it a serious try are blocking progress in our countries. But wind power and solar energy would be so much cleaner and healthier than a heavily contaminated N-plant that will take decades to clean up properly, will ever be. 🙂

  21. Well this seems like a step in the right direction! Wonderful images. I see British gass have 11% increse in profits after raising their prices in December, I thik I will put up a windmill at the end of my garden!

    Susan xx

    • I’m selling windmills Susan 🙂 At slightly below the current British gas prices for fuel! I’m hoping to make a tidy profit by the time we get to December just in time to go Christmas shopping with lol and pay for the excessive winter heating 🙂 😀 I might be tempted to sell you a really little one at cost price if you like!! 🙂
      Wolfie xx

      • HaHa I may be in the minority but I like the way they look! I wonder how much controversy there was when the first windmill (for milling flour) was built, were there NIMBYs about them!


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