2021-04-14
http://w3.windfair.net/wind-energy/pr/8957-japan-wind-turbines-survive-both-tsunami-and-earthquake

Japan - Wind turbines survive both tsunami and earthquake

While some of Japan's nuclear plants have suffered disaster and are spewing dangerous radiation into the skies, Japan's wind energy facilities escape undamaged

Wind power plants survive Japan disasters unscathed and are stepping up operations to provide power to devastated countryWind power plants survive Japan disasters unscathed and are stepping up operations to provide power to devastated country
The Kamisu facility which is an offshore wind farm was only 186 miles from the epicenter of the largest quake ever recorded in Japan. Despite assertions by its detractors, the Japanese wind energy industry is still functioning and helping to keep the lights on during the Fuksuhima nuclear power crisis. Wind turbines do not need to be near a source of water. If they fail no one is going to possibly loose their lives as a result. Compared to nuclear power plants they are relatively simple.

Wind power plants survive Japan disasters unscathed and are stepping up operations to provide power to devastated country. As the world collectively holds its breath to see how the Fukushima crisis plays out (the quote of the day has got to be: "The worst-case scenario doesn't bear mentioning and the best-case scenario keeps getting worse...") there's a positive story which is not yet being reported.

Despite assertions by its detractors that wind energy would not survive an earthquake or tsunami the Japanese wind turbines industry is still functioning and helping to keep the lights on during the Fuksuhima crisis.

According to Yoshinori Ueda, leader of the International Committee of the Japan Wind Power Association & Japan Wind Energy Association, there has been no wind damage reported by any association members, from either the earthquake or the tsunami. Even the Kamisu semi-offshore wind farm, located about 300km from the epicenter of the quake, survived. Its anti-earthquake "battle proof design" came through with flying colors.

Mr. Ueda confirms that most Japanese wind turbines are fully operational. Indeed, he says that electric companies have asked wind farm owners to step up operations as much as possible in order to make up for shortages in the eastern part of the country.

Eurus Energy Japan says that 174.9 MW with eight wind farm plants (64% of their total capacity with 11 wind farms in eastern part of Japan) are in operation now. The residual three wind farms (Kamaishi wind farm 42.9 MW, Takinekoshirai wind farm 46 MW, Satomi wind farm 10.02 MW) have been stopped due to the grid failure caused by the earthquake and Tsunami. Satomi is to re-start operations in a few days. Kamaishi is notorious for tsunami disaster, but this wind farm is safe because it is located in the mountains about 900m above sea level.

The largest wind farm operator in Japan, Eurus Energy with about 22% of all wind turbines in Japan, is a subsidiary of Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO), which operates the Fukushima nuclear facility. Right now, the company is very satisfied by its diversified portfolio.

While shares in the Tokyo stock market have fallen during the crisis, the stock price of Japan Wind Development Co. Ltd. has risen from 31,500 Yen on 11 March to 47,800 yen on 16 March.

The "little engine that could" has now proven itself once again to be a better alternative to Nuclear power. One thing is clear, the Fukushima crisis will impact greatly on future energy policies around the world.

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