Countries come together to establish the Asia Super Grid

Large-scale energy grid could be coming to Asia China, South Korea, Russia, and Japan have come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to develop what is being called the “Asia Super Grid.” The countries have been growing more involved in the renewable energy space in recent years and they now see a need for an interconnected network that can deliver electricity produced through renewable sources throughout Asia. The super grid is meant to deliver electrical power to areas of the world that can use this energy to…

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Are Japan’s renewable energy project goals fizzling out?

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster encouraged the country to make some ambitious plans. Five years have passed since the renewable energy project goals were set in Japan. Alternative energy sources became a priority following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. An earthquake and subsequent tsunami shook the country’s confidence in the safety of nuclear power. However, it appears as though the urgency Japan had felt to implement green energy is losing steam. Among the challenges that come with a renewable energy project is the exchange of costly implementation over cheap…

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Japan installs largest offshore wind turbine in the world

The floating wind turbine is located off the coat of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture. The world’s largest floating offshore wind turbine was anchored by the Fukushima Offshore Wind Consortium and is located approximately 12 miles off the cost of Fukushima, a region of Japan that is known for the 2011 nuclear plant disaster that resulted after a powerful earthquake and tsunami tore through the area. The massive wind generating structure is 344 feet high and is said to be able to withstand mammoth waves, including tsunamis. The turbine has been built…

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Solar energy to power Japan’s future

Solar power could eventually replace fossil fuels and uranium in Japan. It is no secret that Japan is looking for alternative energy sources to replace traditional and less environmentally friendly sources of power like uranium and fossil fuels, but it appears that solar energy is the country’s preferred source of renewable power. One by one, oil-fired plants that once fueled the country’s economy are being shut down. After the Fukushima disaster, support for nuclear power as an energy source declined. As many as 43 nuclear power plants have had to…

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Scientists explore the possibility of nuclear waste to energy

A new type of reactor based on old research could be fueled by nuclear waste of current reactors. In spite of the bad rap that nuclear power has received over the years, due to several accidents and concerns regarding the long-term disposal of radioactive fuel, some scientist believe that this form of power may eventually be once again seen in a positive light through waste to energy, via a reactor that is powered by the waste of current nuclear reactors, reported Green Car Reports. The project involves using a “molten…

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Ambitious renewable energy project takes root in Japan

Japanese farmers may benefit from new project A new renewable energy project has taken root in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan. The prefecture has become somewhat notorious due to the impact of a major earthquake and tsunami in early 2011. The disaster sparked a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which went on to become one of the worst nuclear crises in human history. The renewable energy project aims to resolve the issues spawned by the nuclear disaster by harnessing the power of the sun. Project aims to…

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Japan may become a valuable market for hydrogen fuel cells

Potential of hydrogen fuel cells is growing in Japan The potential of hydrogen fuel cells in Japan may soon come to a head. The country has been undergoing something of an energy revolution in recent years. Since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Japan has been working to separate itself from nuclear energy. This is not a decidedly new trend, as the country has been reducing its use of nuclear power since 2002. Nuclear power had once accounted for the vast majority of the country’s energy capacity, but Japan’s last nuclear facility…

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Hydrogen fuel gains momentum in Japan

Hydrogen fuel cells remain in the limelight after Fukushima disaster Since the Fukushima disaster of 2011, Japan has been working to move away from nuclear energy and fossil-fuels in general. While the impact of the disaster is still being felt to this day, Japan has made major strides in embracing new forms of energy, such as solar power and hydrogen fuel. Bloom Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, believes that Japan is becoming an ideal market for fuel cell technology. The company’s Japanese division is quickly positioning itself…

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New renewable energy system under development in Japan

Modec currently developing hybrid renewable energy system Modec, a Japanese engineering firm, is currently developing a new system that harnesses the power of ocean and wind currents in order to generate electricity. The firm is currently developing a small-scale prototype of this system in order to demonstrate its capabilities and how it can be used to produce energy and send this power back to the mainland. The system is designed to generate electrical power offshore and will take advantage of the strong wind and ocean currents that can be found…

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Alternative energy gains more focus in wake of natural disasters

Focus on Hydrogen Fuel

Japan takes aggressive steps on alternative energy after Fukushima disaster In 2011, Japan experienced one of the worst disasters it had seen in its long history. March marked the onslaught of a powerful, 9.0 earthquake that triggered an equally powerful tsunami. Though the earthquake itself did only modest damage to large structures, the tsunami generated by the quake swept through the Fukushima Province, obliterating entire communities and sparking the worst nuclear disaster the world had seen since the height of Chernobyl. The disaster caused Japan to question its focus on…

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Solar energy continues to grow in Germany

Solar Energy Home Germany

Germany continues to make progress in its adoption of solar energy Germany has aptly established itself as a bastion for alternative energy. The country has embraced various forms of renewable power over the past several months. In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Germany began abandoning nuclear power, which had made up a significant portion of the country’s energy production. In order to replace nuclear power, Germany turned to solar energy, which has become one of the most lucrative and powerful forms of alternative energy in the country. Number…

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Report focuses on patents in fuel cell industry

Hydrogen Fuel Report

Fuel cell industry 2012 patents reviewed Patents may not be the most accurate way to predict the future of technology, but they can often shed some meaningful insight on emerging trends that could dictate the course of numerous industries. This is as true in the fuel cell industry as it is in any other. Fuel Cell Today, a leading market-based intelligence source focused on the fuel cell industry, recently published a report reviewing the patent activity seen in the fuel cell industry in 2012. Report shows the number of patents…

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Geothermal energy could replace nuclear in Japan

geothermal energy

Geothermal energy has vast potential in Japan Despite sidetracking its plans to be rid of nuclear energy within the coming years, Japan is still keen to replace its nuclear power plants with safer forms of energy. In 2011, the Fukushima disaster triggered a serious nuclear crisis in Northern Japan when a powerful tsunami tore apart several nuclear power facilities. Since then, the country has been working to move away from nuclear power, and geothermal may be becoming one of the best paths for this endeavor. Iceland ambassador highlights the capabilities…

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Japan earthquake rekindles need to abandon nuclear energy

Japan Earthquake

  Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan A strong earthquake has rattled Japan once again. The quake’s epicenter was located off the northeastern shore of Japan, near Fukushima, where a similar quake sparked a major nuclear crisis that threatened to be worse than Chernobyl. According to the U.S> Geological Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 7.3 and generated a strong tsunami that washed into a region that had been decimated 2011’s much stronger quake. Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate ahead of the tsunami, but warnings…

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Energy White Paper 2012 outlines future of Australia

alternative energy white paper

Government releases anticipated Energy White Paper 2012 The Australian government recently released the Energy White Paper 2012, a report concerning the country’s future in terms of energy. The white paper has been hyped for some time, but the government has pushed back its release several times over the past year. This extra time was meant to help the government get a better understanding of the country’s future energy needs and the trends that are emerging in the global energy market. Australia divided on nuclear energy The Energy White Paper 2012…

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Japan to build massive solar energy system in Oita Prefecture

City of Oita - Solar Energy

New solar energy system will help country move away from fossil-fuels Japan has been showing more interest in the prospects of solar energy since the Fukushima disaster of 2011. In the wake of the disaster, the country has been pulling away from nuclear power, which once served as its primary energy source. Unwilling to replace nuclear energy with fossil-fuels, the Japanese government has taken steps to become more aggressive with its adoption of alternative energies, such as solar, wind, and hydrogen power. Now, Japan’s solar energy plans are beginning to…

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