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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Recent Research into Wind Power in Japan, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2015 Just Published: Research Report by MarketResearchReports.biz

MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Wind Power in Japan, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2015 – Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles” to its database. Summary “Wind Power in Japan, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2015 – Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles is the latest report from GlobalData, the industry analysis specialists that offer comprehensive information and understanding of the wind power market in Japan. The report provides in depth analysis on global…

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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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Japan seeks renewable energy from the sea

The Island nation may begin testing marine power production in the future. Being an island, Japan controls an expansive portion of ocean territory that is far larger than its land area; therefore, it is only natural that the country would investigate renewable energy possibilities from the sea. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Realtime blog, the country is about to do this for the first time, as the Japanese government is partnering with IHI Corp. and Toshiba Corp. to begin field testing marine energy generation, sooner rather than later….

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New renewable energy project to take root off the coast of Japan

Toshiba and IHI will be working on a new ocean energy project Japan’s Toshiba and its partner organization IHI have been called upon to participate in a new hydropower project that is taking place off the coast of Japan. The new project aims to exploit the Kuroshio Current, one of the seven major ocean currents in the world. The current travels as quickly as three miles per hour, which makes it a potentially valuable renewable energy resource for Japan. The new project aims to demonstrate a new way to tap…

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Coal favored over renewable energy in Japan

Japan’s coal industry is being pushed by the country’s prime minister. In an effort to expand sales of the Japanese coal industry within the country and internationally, Japan’s Prime Minister Shionzo Abe is supporting coal power, which is a huge disappointment to environmentalists who had hoped that after the Fukushima nuclear disaster that he would be more inclined to favor renewable energy. Coal will play an important role in Japan’s energy strategy. Instead of turning the nation towards renewables, a new energy plan that was recently approved on April 11…

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Solar energy capacity in Japan continues to grow

Solar capacity reaches new heights in Japan thanks to government initiatives Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a new report concerning the country’s installed solar energy capacity. Japan has become one of the most attractive solar markets in the world, largely due to its aggressive feed-in tariff. The feed-in tariff is based on a similar measure that had promoted the adoption of solar power in Germany. The German initiative had proven so successful that the government had to cut back on the tariff’s benefits or risk financial…

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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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New hydrogen fuel cell set for launch in Japan

Joint development venture aims to produce new hydrogen fuel cell system The Tokyo Gas Company and Panasonic Corporation have announced a joint development project concerning the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell designed to power an entire apartment block. This fuel cell will be deployed under the ENE-FARM brand, which is currently one of the largest fuel cell networks in the world. The ENE-FARM uses hydrogen fuel cells to provide electrical power to cities, but it also manufactures and deploys fuel cells throughout Japan for various purposes. The new fuel cell…

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Solar energy makes strong progress in Japan

Japanese solar energy capacity grows Solar energy has been gaining popularity throughout Japan at an astonishing pace. The country has been working to distance itself from fossil-fuels as well as nuclear energy in the hopes of reaping the economic benefits associated with solar energy and other forms of clean power. Japan’s focus on solar energy has spawned one of the most aggressive feed-in tariffs in the world, which has provided financial support for a variety of solar projects as well as offering an incentive for homeowners to install rooftop photovoltaic…

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Renewable energy patents growing at a rapid pace

Number of renewable energy and clean technology patents is on the rise The number of patents concerning renewable energy and its associated technologies has been on the rise recently. Over the past ten years, patent filings have spiked, largely due to breakthroughs in technology and an increased focus on renewable energy that many countries have adopted. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Sante Fe Institute aims to shed some insight on this increasingly common trend and highlight the technologies that countries seem to favor within…

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Japan begins embracing solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells

Homeowners are opting for solar energy systems and hydrogen fuel cells Nearly two and a half years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, homeowners are beginning to turn away from energy utilities and relying on more reliable sources of electrical power. Tens of thousands of Japanese homeowners are focusing on solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells in order to receive the electricity they need. These homeowners have been expressing a lack of confidence in the country’s utilities and Japan’s continued interest in nuclear power. Fukushima disaster promotes reliance on…

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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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Hydrogen fuel on the rise in Japan

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Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining more support in Japan Japan has been showing strong interest in renewable energy in recent years. The country has long relied on nuclear power, as well as fossil-fuels, but this is beginning to change as the government grows more interested in the economic benefits that may been seen through the use of renewable energy. In 2011, the country was rattled by a massive earthquake that generated a destructive tsunami. Known as the Fukushima disaster, this event triggered one of the worst nuclear crises that the…

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Renewable energy may be in for some change as Japanese politics shift

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Elections could affect the country’s stance on renewable energy Japan has become one of the strongest supporters of renewable energy in the world, but recent elections have changed the country’s political structure. This could have major implications to the support that the country has been showing toward renewable energy, but the Japanese Cabinet has not yet shown any signs of introducing significant changes. The government has, however, announced plans to address the issue of electricity as a whole. These plans focus on the electricity market and the country’s energy grid….

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Hydrogen fuel cells gain strong support in Japan

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Major oil company sets sights on hydrogen fuel JX Nippon Oil & Energy, one of the largest oil companies in the world, has adopted a new stance on energy in its native Japan. The company, which does business throughout the world, has been taking note of the rising interest in renewable energy coming from consumers in Japan. Much of this interest was sparked by the 2011 Fukushima disaster, which cause a severe nuclear crisis that caused Japan’s nuclear energy facilities to cease for some time. The void left by these…

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