Wind farm planned off Fukushima coast

7 years ago by in Featured, Japan

A consortium of Japanese firms led by trading house Marubeni aims to build an experimental wind farm off the coast of Fukushima prefecture by 2016.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nippon Steel and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding are the other companies in the project, which may receive public financing from a reconstruction budget after the March 2011 natural disasters.

The project would produce about 12,000 kilowatts of electrical power, enough to cover the consumption of more than 100,000 households, according to Marubeni.

The project would be a step forward in changing the negative perception of Fukushima, where one of the worst crisis in the history of Japan started last year after a 9.0-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami destroyed a nuclear plant.

Japan is making efforts to switch from nuclear power, which until a year ago supplied a third of national energy consumption, to “green” energy, like wind, thermal and solar.