Japan's Wind Turbines Survive 1,000 Year Earthquake Unscathed

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photo: Seiichi Ariga/Creative Commons

It'd be very difficult to exaggerate the scale of damage caused by the Japanese trifecta disaster of earthquake-tsunami-nuclear power plant crisis, but in the middle of it all there's one small bright spot: Japan's wind turbines have survived it all unscathed, with operators being asked to step up operations where possible to help with electricity shortfalls. Over at HuffingtonPost, Kelly Rigg says,

Colleagues and I have been directly corresponding with Yoshinori Ueda leader of the International Committee of the Japan Wind Power Association & Japan Wind Energy Association, and according to Ueda there has been no wind facility damage reported by any association members, from either the earthquake or the tsunami. Even the Kamisu semi-offshore wind farm, located about 300km from the epicenter of the quake, survived. Its anti-earthquake "battle proof design" came through with flying colors.

That said, as of yesterday, three of Japan's eleven wind farms had been shut down due to grid failure. In total Japan has about 275 MW of wind power capacity, with 175 MW currently producing.

Go wind power!

More on the Japanese Earthquake:
Millions Saved in Japan By Good Engineering and Government Building Codes
Update on Japan's Nuclear Crisis at Fukushima

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