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12 miles from Fukushima’s shattered nuclear reactors, World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine gives hope

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Comes Online Near Fukushima Daiichi -bureau EnviroNews World News by Emerson Urry on June 28, 2015 – Fukushima Prefecture, Japan — A mere 12 miles from the full-blown triple nuclear reactor “melt-through” at Fukushima Daiichi on the eastern coast of Japan, sits a bafflingly huge, 620-foot-tall, 1,500-ton bladed beast — floating on a 5,000 ton platform in the water. The world’s largest floating wind turbine has three 270 foot long blades, can withstand 200 mile-per-hour winds, and will be able to generate “up to 7 megawatts of electricity,” making it the biggest offshore wind turbine on earth, according to Gizmodo, a popular science and technology blog.

Watching the simply massive windmill spin it’s blades for the first time on Monday, June 22, 2015, represented a glimmer of hope for some, in a devastated community, torn to shreds by both the tsunami and subsequent radioactive fallout. The gargantuan towering turbine serves as a green energy beacon in a place desperate for a new beginning. With nuclear power now highly unpopular and the majority of the country’s nuclear power plants still offline following the Fukushima crisis, perhaps it is a good time for Japan to think more about innovations like this wind farm, and less about deadly dangerous and outdated technologies like the boiling water nuclear reactor. –

Additionally, the downright lies and coverup perpetrated by both TEPCO and the Japanese Government surrounding the Fukushima crisis, have left a bad taste in the mouth of the population, leaving trust in the government at an all time low. Perhaps more government-backed, non-lethal energy innovations like the one just activated in Fukushima can start to rebuild the people’s trust in the government. Time will tell. –

July 15, 2015 - Posted by | Japan, renewable

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