Development of Alternative Energy in Japan

Development of Alternative Energy in Japan


Japan is a densely populated country, and that makes the Japanese market more difficult compared to other markets. If we take advantage of the possibility of nearshore installations or even offshore installations in the future, it will give us the possibility to continue to use wind energy. If we go offshore, it's more expensive because the construction of the foundation is expensive. But often the winds are stronger offshore, and that can offset the higher costs. We are increasingly competitive with our equipment. The price - if you measure it per kilowatt-hour produced - gets lower, because the turbine is more efficient. So we create increased interest in wind energy. If you compare it with other renewable energy sources, wind is the most competitive right now. If we can utilize a site close to the sea or at sea with a good wind machine, then the price per kilowatt-hour is competitive with other energy sources, said Svend Sigaard, who happens to be the president and CEO of the world's largest wind turbine maker, the wind system Vestas from Denmark. Vestas is heavily involved in capital investment to help Japan expand its wind turbine power generation capacity. They are trying to install an offshore installation in a country which is said to be ready for investment returns into research and development of alternative energy.

The Japanese know that they cannot abide by the commands of foreign countries' energy supplies - World War II taught them that, when the US destroyed their oil supply lines and crippled their military machinery. They need to produce their own energy, and they become an isolated island nation with few natural resources that are conducive to energy production because they are defined now so open to foreign investment and foreign development and prospects for technological innovation that can make them independent. Allowing companies like Vestas to make the country use more energy produced by the wind is a step in the right direction for the people of Japan.

Energy production through what is known as a micro hydroelectric power plant is also increasing in Japan. Japan has a myriad of rivers and mountain streams, and this is a suitable place for the installation of micro-hydroelectric power plants, which is defined by the New Industrial Technology and Technology Development Organization as water-run power plants that have a maximum output of 100 kilowatts or less. In comparison, "minihydroelectric" power plants can produce up to 1,000 kilowatts of electrical energy.

In Japan, small scale mini-scale and micro-hydroelectric power plants have been deemed suitable enough to create electricity in mountainous areas, but those through repairs are then considered very good for Japanese cities as well. Kawasaki City Irrigation, Japan's Natural Energy Company, and Tokyo Electric Power Company are all involved in developing small-scale hydroelectric power plants in Japanese cities.

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