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World’s Largest Wind Farm

The world’s largest wind farm is going to be built in Japan.

The catch?

It’s going to be built just 10 short miles from the Fukishima nuclear reactor.

Since the Fukishima disaster a few years ago, Japan has been seeking ways to clean up their energy grid, and the construction of this wind farm is a very big step on the way to ecological energy independency.

The current record-holder for the largest wind farm is the Greater Gabbard Farm off the coast of Suffolk in the U.K. It produces 504 Megawatts of electricity with its 140 turbines.

In contrast, the farm planned by Japan will produce 1 Gigawatt with just 143 turbines. It’s a bold goal to reach, but the projects designers are confident it can be accomplished.

Traditionally, offshore wind farms are anchored directly to the ocean floor to keep it stable during storms, heavy waves, etc. The Japanese wind farm will be mounted to steel platforms that will themselves be attached to the continental shelf, with ballast being used to keep them upright. The will also be using an array of 2 Megawatt turbines, 200 meters tall each one.

The Fukishima subdivision plans on being 100% energy efficient by the year 2040. The next plan for Japan is to build the world’s largest farm. These steps are important to promoting ecological conservation and energy efficiency worldwide. As countries move to create bigger and bigger solar platforms, wind turbines, geothermal heating, etc, we’ll begin to see entire plots of land turn into massive arrays of green energy producing machinery.

Japan hasn’t released the cost to build the world’s largest wind farm, though it will most definitely be expensive. However, the long-run savings will offset the initial development cost. The next step is to promote the wind farm and encourage other nations to join in creating farms of their own.

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