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Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Giant Japanese Wind Farm To Replace Fukushima Power Plant

January 23rd, 2013 by  

In the wake of the 2011 Fukishima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japan has decided to build a 1GW wind farm.

This wind farm is intended to replace the Fukishima nuclear power plant, since it has been partially crippled, and its malfunction raised safety concerns, causing many to oppose nuclear power and avoid the risk associated with the inability of nuclear power plant operators to contain certain reactor disasters.

Hizen Wind Farm. 
Image Source:  kanegen on Flickr.

54 nuclear reactors were shut down because of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Except for the power from two, which already are back online, the power they supplied needs to be replaced.

The new wind farm will be comprised of 143 wind turbines on a platform that is 16 km (9.9 miles) off the coast of Fukishima. It is expected to be built by 2020.

The Greater Gabbard wind farm has 140 wind turbines, three fewer than the planned Fukushima farm. However, the turbines used for the Japanese wind farm are nearly twice as powerful as the ones used at Greater Gabbard.

This wind farm is part of Fukushima’s goal to become completely energy independent by 2040.

The UK is currently leading the offshore wind industry with a keen enthusiasm for offshore wind. But Japan is clearly eyeing the space as well.

On another note, the Fukushima Prefecture is also set to build the country’s largest solar farm. Add that to this 1GW wind farm, which is to have twice the power capacity of the largest offshore wind farm currently in operation in the world (Greater Gabbard, off the coast of Suffolk, UK), and Japan will have some clean energy momentum behind it.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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  • joey

    what a crock of shit. fukushima is a radioactive hellhole

  • MieScatter

    “When a wind farm is stated to be a certain number of MW or GW, that is normally the total generation capacity, so that is what you should assume.”

    Average output is a better (but not the only) guide. 1 GW of offshore wind should be somewhere around 300 MW of average output. Fukushima’s 4.7 GW produced an average of between 3300 MW and 4200 MW. So this wind farm should replace somewhere between 7% and 9% of Fukushima.

    • PGEE

      Except when it explodes and ruins the entire eco system for untold generations to come …no contest.

    • Bob_Wallace

      You’re on the low side with your wind capacity numbers.

      In the US onshore is running 38% median, 50% maximum. Offshore is predicted at 43% median, 54% maximum.

      Expect new installations to be in the maximum area as they will be build with the latest technology and siting information.

      The title of this piece is not the best. The 1 GW wind farm won’t replace the 6 Fukushima reactors which had a total output of 4.7 GWs. Total wind farm output will be only a small piece of the replacement. Probably a bit higher than your estimate. (Remember, reactors don’t operate 100% of the time.)

      It would have been more accurate to say that the wind farm is being built where the reactors used to be. That the wind farm will take advantage of the transmission lines that the reactors once used.

      Perhaps over time the wind farm can be enlarged and solar installed over the ruined land and output can be replaced.

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