Fukushima to be home of world’s largest wind farm

• January 24, 2013
Windmills in the ocean in Europe

Offshore wind power in Europe, Creative Commons: C.P.G. Grey, 2009

Japan is planning to build the world’s largest wind farm off the coast of Fukushima.  The one gigawatt farm will help the municipality reach its goal of 100% energy self sufficiency by 2040.

The announcement is part of Japan’s work towards greater energy safety and security, spurred by the Fukushima nuclear accident two years ago, which includes investment in wind and solar alongside greater nuclear safety regulations.  Fukushima is also planning to build Japan’s largest solar farm.

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

The Greater Gabbard wind farm in the United Kingdom, currently the largest offshore 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.

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  1. Maynard S. Clark says:

    Wasn’t too difficult to get community ‘buy-in’ after the reactor failure.

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