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Japanese Wind Farms Unharmed By Quake or Tsunami, Putting Out Lots Of Power

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 18, 2011

Copyright New Energy Foundation (Japan)

The fledgling Japanese wind industry just passed a major, and unplanned, test — it’s not only survived the one-two punch of earthquake and tsunami, but done so without so much as a scratch:

I’ve been directly corresponding with Yoshinori Ueda leader of the International Committee of the Japan Wind Power Association & Japan Wind Energy Association, and according to Ueda there has been no wind damage reported by any association members, from either the earthquake or the tsunami. Even the Kamisu semi-offshore wind farm, located about 300km from the epicenter of the quake, survived. Its anti-earthquake “battle proof design” came through with flying colors.

Mr. Ueda confirms that most Japanese wind turbines are fully operational. Indeed, he says that electric companies have asked wind farm owners to step up operations as much as possible in order to make up for shortages in the eastern part of the country…

The only wind farms that are offline because of the quake and tsunami are offline solely because of grid damage; the farms themselves are intact and capable of full operations once the grid is restored.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

2 Responses to “Japanese Wind Farms Unharmed By Quake or Tsunami, Putting Out Lots Of Power”

  1. Charles II said

    Not to mention the minor advantage that should a wind turbine go down, you don’t have to evacuate and possibly abandon the surrounding area.

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