Wind energy could take over the coal energy market with new trends in Japan 


Japan may come to a point where it would no longer rely on nuclear energy and coal energy but on offshore wind energy. The International Energy Agency reported that if the country exploits its offshore wind power potential, it will meet its energy demands by ten times. This technology could realign the country even to start exporting energy to its neighbours. 

Moreover, this trend could help the country research more on floating turbines and teach other countries with a similar coastline to deploy the resources. 2020 became the country’s turning point to think of suitable energy sources that can suppress their dependence on coal and nuclear energy. Additionally, the government instituted a law informing the exploration of offshore wind energy plants, offshore turbines’ operation for three decades and encouraged investors to invest in such projects. 

This law outlines 11 locations where offshore wind energy projects can be developed with the government’s help. In this case, the government will be auctioning the locations to companies that submit applications with qualified details to implement the projects. Four major areas featuring in this program are Chiba, Nagasaki, and Akita. These plans indicate Japan’s desire to enter the expanding energy market and enjoy clean energy amid the challenge of erecting wind turbines in waters exceeding 50 meters. China and Taiwan, which have shallow coastlines, have illustrated that offshore wind energy is a plausible idea that other countries can implement. 

Japan has received a lot of international criticism for utilizing coal and nuclear energy, the latter resulting in a catastrophic accident in Fukushima. After witnessing this unprecedented problem, the country resorted to solar power exploits to amass the resources they had tried to bring together into flames. The country’s energy utilities have complained of the high tariffs to feed their production to the national grids calling for the government’s intervention in this matter. On the other hand, offshore wind energy seems to be an ideal solution to the energy demand with the Ministry of Economic, Trade, and Industry. 

There will be 13 gigawatts of clean energy if the pipeline projects kick-off. These projects are undergoing review before they can initiate operations. Japan Wind Energy Association board member, Yoshinori Ueda, stated this while anticipating the project to generate power by the end of this decade. The association is looking forward to creating a maximum of 90000 employment opportunities while suppressing the generation of 70 million tons of carbon dioxide.

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