Japan Plans World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm
Japan is moving away from reliance on nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, and plans to 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.
The wind farm will generate 1 gigawatt of power as part of a national plan to increase renewable energy resources following the post-tsunami shutdown of the Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors, New Scientist reported. The Fukushima prefecture has said it intends to be completely energy self-sufficient by 2040, using only renewable sources, including the country’s biggest solar park, which has also been proposed.