April 16th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
There’s a reasonable case for an identifiable $800 billion in costs for the nuclear portion of the Fukushima disaster. It’s not hard to see that a 40-year recovery period along with costs excluded from this could add 25% to that without breaking a sweat
March 29th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Tesla has completed the installation of 42 Powerpack batteries for Kintetsu Raiways in Osaka, Japan. The 4.2 MW/7 MWh system will provide enough electricity to operate stalled trains for up to 30 minutes in the event of a power outage.
February 19th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
Japan's nascent offshore wind industry is expected to increase dramatically over the next ten years, according to energy analysts Wood Mackenzie, who predict that by 2028 the island country will boast upwards of 4 gigawatts (GW) of offshore capacity, a 62-fold increase on 2018 figures.
February 11th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) is one of the top suppliers of EV batteries in China and has been making inroads into supplying companies outside of China, such as BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan, and Renault. Now we have news that Honda has signed an agreement with CATL for 56 GWh of batteries
February 8th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) completed its fourth review mission in November of Japan's efforts in decommissioning and cleaning up the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and has urged patience and public transparency as radioactive fuel debris is removed
February 5th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Waymo is close to finalizing an agreement with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to bring self driving taxis to Japan. Expect more details in the spring.
February 5th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
Three Japanese energy companies announced last week that they have decided to scrap plans to build a 2 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired power station in the Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, saying that the project would not be economically feasible.
February 3rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Everybody agrees that storage is turning into big business, and soon, but exactly how big and how soon
January 25th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
Solar market research company PV Market Alliance has concluded that at least 98 gigawatts (GW) of grid-connected solar PV was installed in 2018, adding another voice to an already confused reading of the 2018 solar industry
January 22nd, 2019 | by Tina Casey
If all goes according to plan, a blockchain solar trading project in Japan could blossom from 100 rooftops into 55,000 before the end of
January 21st, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
Danish power giant Ørsted has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, better known as TEPCO, to explore the possibility and to work jointly on developing offshore wind projects in Japan
January 21st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
TEPCO and Orsted have agreed to build a new offshore wind farm in the Pacific east of Tokyo to take advantage of new renewable energy goals announced by the Japanese government.
January 7th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen
After seven weeks in jail, Carlos Ghosn is getting a hearing in court. His lawyers can ask questions, and he can read a statement. How he should write a statement while he is denied pen and paper is beyond me. What is also beyond me is the Japanese justice system
January 2nd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
On February 6th of 2003, George W Bush gave a speech in which he touted the benefits of a hydrogen economy. Far from being farsighted or progressive, it may well have been one of the worst examples of greenwashing in our lifetime. The gist of the speech was that we should avoid raising fuel economy standards and deploying clean technologies such as electric cars and renewable energy and instead pursue a transition from fossil fuels to a hydrogen economy
December 29th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman
Much of this year was marked by a massive smear campaign against Elon Musk and his electric car company Tesla. FUD [fear, uncertainty, and doubt] was at an all-time high. Ignore it. If you cut through the clutter, and instead, according to Wired, "If you focus on Tesla the company, then 2018 has been very good indeed."
December 12th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
More than 680 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power is expected to come online around the globe in the next decade, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
December 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
People in Japan can now see the Tesla Model 3 on display in local Tesla stores. Elon Musk says Tesla may open its first store in South Africa late next year.
December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
The International Council on Clean Transportation recently released a report on EV sales around the world. It’s a fascinating document with some intriguing insights. Were you aware that over one million electric passenger vehicles were sold around the world in 2017, that China led the way with over 579,000, and that most sales of such vehicles to date have taken place in China, Europe, Japan, and the United States
December 10th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
Despite countless warnings and mounting economic evidence to the contrary, countries continue to expand the number of new coal-fired power plants, a push which is currently being led by China, Japan, and South Korea, according to the latest figures from CoalSwarm released last week
December 8th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard
Older, male, wealthier and in North America for the most part. Strongly identifying as city dwellers, not rural dwellers. Not a surprising response, but a useful one
November 28th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard
With US$1.5 billion global annual revenue in e-bikes already and expected growth rates in high-single or low-double digits, depending on the analyst, major manufacturing concerns in the market already, and rapid increases in pureplay e-bike firms, this is a market to watch
November 22nd, 2018 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland
Recent and upcoming EVs are designed for DC fast charging speeds of 100 kW and more, and are overwhelmingly favouring CCS as the standard charging architecture. Next-generation charging networks in Europe and the US are also favouring CCS. Despite its early lead, CHAdeMO now looks to be falling behind
November 16th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard
Electric bicycles are having a moment. Major global companies which make cars and motorcycles are suddenly delivering or talking about delivering electric bicycles. What's going on
November 16th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
A new report published this week has determined that 82% of the G20's energy supply is still sourced from fossil fuels and none of the countries' climate pledges are on a 1.5˚C-compatible pathway, contributing to a current trend which will see global warming of 3.2˚C unless G20 nations halve their emissions by