Friday, October 25, 2013

To Expand Offshore Power, Japan Builds Floating Windmills

An offshore wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima. The project's turbines, and even the substation and electrical transformer equipment, float on giant platforms anchored to the seabed. (Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images) Click to enlarge.
The goal of this offshore project is to generate over 1 gigawatt of electricity from 140 wind turbines by 2020. That is equivalent to the power generated by a nuclear reactor.

The project’s backers say that offshore windmills could be a breakthrough for this energy-poor nation. They would enable Japan to use a resource it possesses in abundance: its coastline, which is longer than that of the United States.  With an exclusive economic zone — an area up to 200 miles from its shores where Japan has first dibs on any resources — that ranks it among the world’s top 10 largest maritime countries, Japan has millions of square miles to position windmills.

To Expand Offshore Power, Japan Builds Floating Windmills

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