Japan is moving away from reliance on nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, and plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm.
Officials say the proposal calls for construction of 143 wind turbines on platforms 10 miles off the coast of Fukushima, where the Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged in the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. This is great news for the environmental industry and renewable activist organisations all around the world.
The future wind farm will generate at least 1 gigawatt of power as part of a national plan to increase renewable energy resources. Following the post-tsunami shutdown of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors, a wind farm at this time is the perfect opportunity for other countries to follow in Japan’s footsteps and increase interest and productivity into planning the building of more wind turbines around the globe. As a renewable source, the energy generated from wind turbines is infinite. Unfortunately the power generated from wind turbines is considerably less than energy generated from power stations and nuclear reactors.
By 2040 the fukushima prefecture has said it intends to be completely energy self-sufficient by using only renewable sources of energy including the country’s largest solar park which has also been proposed. This however is a long way off considering the cost and practicality of the project.
Once completed, the Fukushima wind farm will surpass the 504 megawatts generated by the 140 turbines at the Greater Gabbard farm off the coast of Suffolk in Britain, currently the world's largest farm.
"This project is important -- I think it is impossible to use nuclear power in Fukushima again," project manager Takeshi Ishihara of the University of Tokyo said.
With more country’s starting to show considerable interest in wind turbine energy and renewable energy as a whole, the future of the industry is starting to generate considerable attention and awareness to begin the switch to renewable sources of energy.
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