All Japan news is preparing to build the largest offshore wind farm in the world this year, in July. The wind farm will include 143 wind turbines built on platforms, 16 kilometres off the coast of Fukushima, by 2020.
After it will be completed, the wind farm will generate 1 gigawatt of power (or about 225,000 homes’ worth of power). The project is included in a national plan to increase renewable energy resources, after a violent earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant and forced to authorities to shutdown all nuclear reactors in All Japan news last year. Only two of them are operational now.
Fukushima plans to have fully independent, renewable energy resources by 2040. The prefecture is also set to build All Japan news’s biggest solar park.
Project manager Takeshi Ishihara of the University of Tokyo insists that the turbines’ activity will not be affected by the seismic activity in the area. His team made computer simulations and water tank tests to verify the safety of the turbines in case of an earthquake and tsunami or in case of other extreme conditions such as typhoons. “All extreme conditions have been taken into consideration in the design,” he said.
“This project is important – I think it is impossible to use nuclear power in Fukushima again,” he added.