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Floating wind farm for Fukushima

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 00:30

July 12 - Japan deploys floating wind farm two years after nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Japan moved parts of a massive floating wind farm towards waters off the coast of Fukushima on Friday (July 12), two years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The first 2 megawatt wind turbine which is 30-stories high left Tokyo late last month followed by the massive floating substation. The turbine is the first of three which will make up what will be Japan's largest wind farm. Once the floating substation joins the turbine they will be assembled and tests will be run in September. The site is expected to start power in October. Two more 7 megawatt turbines are to join these either next year or in 2015 and will eventually be capable of generating 16 megawatts of power. The government hopes the wind farm will create employment to help Fukushima and the surrounding region recover after it suffered a massive earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear meltdown in 2011. Japan plans to create the new industry from the ground up and is hopeful the positive effects will spur businesses in other fields and that they will be able to profit from exporting technology. However there is some scepticism. Less than one percent of Japan's energy production came from wind power in fiscal 2009, according to a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry report published in 2012.

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Floating wind farm for Fukushima

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 00:30