Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Could Drive Japan’s Renewable Energy Future.
Reported by Chris Rose at RenewableEnergyWorld.com:
The experimental project is funded by the government and led by Marubeni Corp. It requires approval from local fishermen before becoming a commercial operation. The 2-megawatt turbine from Hitachi Ltd. was nicknamed “Fukushima Mirai,” the Bloomberg report said, adding a floating substation has also been set up and bears the name “Fukushima Kizuna.” Mirai means future, while kizuna translates as ties.
Two more turbines by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., with 7 MW of capacity each, are expected to also be installed. Bloomberg noted the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has said the floating offshore capacity may be expanded to 1,000 MW.
Given location has been secured and transmission lines are in place, it seems quite feasible to place an Energy Island in the vicinity of a floating wind turbine(s) to add energy storage (CAES) plus means to tap tidal, wave, and solar sources of energy. That addition would offer means to provide a much more abundant and reliable supply.
“… the news came at a surprising time: Just two weeks ago, Entergy won a hard-fought U.S. Court of Appeals case. The court ruled that Vermont lawmakers, who’ve been worried by the plant’s poor safety history, lacked the authority to shutter it.”
We have known green energy technologies that can be used to replace generating plants that are unsafe or use fossil fuels. Political leaders need to pass a reasonable carbon tax to facilitate change to green energy before the planet fries. Can green energy supply what is needed? See report from Reality Drop
America has far more than enough renewable energy resources to meet its entire electric demand.
World-class renewable resources from wind in the Great Plains to solar in the Southwest could power the whole country more than a dozen times over. The fuel for these power plants, wind and sunlight, are unlimited and will always be free. State renewable energy standards once considered ambitious at 10 to 40 percent now look modest in light of recent growth. Given our current understanding of renewable energy resources, technology, cost, and integration, it’s now realistic to envision a future where renewable resources provide far higher shares of America’s electric generation needs — 80 to 90 percent or more. The only remaining barriers to achieving such massive increases in renewable energy use are a lack of understanding and a lack of political will. We are overcoming the former as we discover the truth about renewable energy. It’s inexpensive, reliable, abundant, all-American — and yes, it’s still clean.