Alternative energy news: Geothermal energy controversy heats up in Japan

As the country seeks sources of power outside of nuclear, strong opposing opinions become louder. One of the hottest topics in Japan, right now is in alternative energy news, as all of the 48 operational nuclear reactors across the country have been shut down for safety inspections, and replacement forms of power are considered. In this light, geothermal energy advantages and disadvantages have been a source of considerable debate. Three years have passed since the tsunami that caused the meltdown of three reactor cores at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power…

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Japan achieves a world first in renewable energy

Japan Number 1 Renewable Energy

Japanese scientists see major renewable energy potential in methane clathrate Natural gas is quickly become a viable replacement for conventional fossil-fuels like oil and coal. While natural gas still produces carbon dioxide when it is burned to produce energy, the levels of carbon emissions it produces are significantly lower than those coming from coal and oil, making it a relatively cleaner alternative. Methane is the most common form of natural gas, and is quickly becoming a very attractive substance in the world of renewable energy. In Japan, scientists and engineers…

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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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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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Japan to build massive solar energy system in Oita Prefecture

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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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Japan again turns to geothermal energy to replace nuclear power

Kusatsu Onsen Japan Georthermal Energy

Geothermal energy could solve some of the country’s energy problems Geothermal energy has long been a promising prospect in Japan. The country’s proximity to the geological region known as the Ring of Fire makes it home to vast potential in regards to geothermal energy systems. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster of 2011, the country has been working to phase out its use of nuclear energy. Nuclear power once accounted for the majority of the country’s energy, which the Japanese government is now keen to replace with other forms…

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Japan announces abandonment of nuclear power

Japan Hydrogen Fuel

Fukushima disaster has Japan reevaluate use of nuclear power Japan has shown healthy signs of recovery since last year’s disastrous earthquake-tsunami disaster. Economically, the country remains strong and stable. In terms of energy, however, the Japanese government has had to improvise in the wake of the disaster, which triggered a nuclear crisis that threatened to be worse than Chernobyl. The Fukushima disaster, as it is often called, caused the government to take a hard look at its use of nuclear energy. Japan to be nuclear free by 2030 In the…

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Companies team to develop largest solar energy system in Japan

Solar energy system being developed through new partnership Japan’s Softbank and Mitsui and Co. have teamed to begin developing the largest solar energy system the country has ever seen. Softbank is the nation’s third largest mobile phone company and believes that solar energy could bring significant benefits to the country’s environment and economy. The solar energy system will be a massive undertaking, as it is planned to have a capacity of 39.5 megawatts. The partnership shows the increasing interest companies are showing in solar energy. Solar energy system to begin…

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Offshore wind energy system receives investments from Japanese companies

Offshore wind energy

Offshore wind energy system gains support in Japan A new, expansive offshore wind energy system may find a home off the coat of Japan. A number of companies, including the Toshiba Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Corporation, JFE Steel, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Toa Corp.., and Toyo Construction, are expected to invest approximately $1.53 billion in the new energy system that may be taking form over the next year. The investments coming from these companies will support the development of new offshore wind turbines that will be used as part of a massive…

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Japan continues work to adopt hydrogen fuel

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*Image from Widipedia Fukushima disaster sparks new interest in hydrogen fuel Japan has ambitious plans in term of energy. The country is still recovering from last year’s Fukushima disaster, in which a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami that wrought havoc in the Northern provinces and sparked a nuclear disaster. In the wake of the disaster, the Japanese government determined that the country would no longer rely on nuclear energy because of the danger that it presented. The nation recently shut down the last of its nuclear power plants and has…

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Japan’s METI seeks support of new hydrogen production initiative

Japan Solar Energy

METI looks for funds to develop hydrogen production system Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has requested more money from the government in order to develop a new hydrogen supply system. The agency is seeking $400 million in order to develop this system, which will produce hydrogen fuel that will be used for new vehicles. Japan is currently considered one of the most attractive markets for hydrogen transportation due to the country’s already robust infrastructure. METI believes that the infrastructure can be improved, however, through a new economically-friendly…

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Japan begins to focus more on geothermal energy

Kusatsu Onsen Japan Georthermal Energy

Nuclear is out and geothermal is in As Japan finalizes its move away from nuclear power, the country has a need to fill the void left behind. The country is home to a powerful hydrogen fuel cell system, called ENE-FARM, which has proven capable of handling some of the country’s demand for electricity. Japanese officials believe that other forms of alternative energy are needed and that the country cannot rely solely on hydrogen fuel. To this end, the country has set its sights on geothermal energy. Ring of Fire is…

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Nissan initiative aims to provide Leaf drivers with updated knowledge of charging stations

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Charging stations a focus of new Nissan initiative Electric vehicles have proven to be quite popular with consumers around the world. As these vehicles continue to grow in popularity, many drivers are beginning to see problems with the infrastructure that is meant to provide energy to them. Most manufacturers of electric vehicles provide customers with access to maps that note the locations of charging stations. The problem, however, is that these manufacturers have trouble keeping in touch with governments and other companies that are working to establish new charging stations.…

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Soldier crabs could unlock the future of computers

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Latest in technology news may convert into alternative energy resource Scientists from the Kobe University in Japan and the University of the West of England Bristol in the United Kingdom have discovered that swarms of soldier crabs (Mictyris guinotae per Wikipedia) mimic computational models. This discovery, the scientists developed, is essentially a living computer made entirely of crabs. Researchers believe that the phenomenon they have experienced with soldier crabs could pave the way for a new generation of highly efficient computers. Such computers would require no excessive amount of energy as they…

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Hydrogen fuel cell funding in Japan tops $240 million

Japan Solar Energy

Hydrogen energy in Japan seems to be gaining significant momentum as the government continues to throw its support behind the alternative energy. This week, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that hydrogen and fuel cell research funding in the company totals $240 for the current fiscal year. The announcement reflects the country’s long-standing favor for hydrogen fuel energy and other forms of renewable fuel. This love for hydrogen reached new highs in the months following last year’s earthquake and tsunami disasters that ravaged the country’s energy infrastructure. The…

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Solar power growing rapidly in Japan thanks to feed-in tariffs

Japan Solar Energy

Japan’s solar energy growth Solar energy is gaining momentum around the world, especially in Japan, where the solar market is experiencing a period of rapid growth. Japan has long been interested in alternative energy because of its economic and environmental implications. The country is home to one of the most ambitious and powerful hydrogen energy systems, the ENE-FARM, and has been using geothermal energy for decades. Solar power is not new to the Land of the Rising Sun, but it has been growing in popularity over the past year. The…

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