Wind turbines have not been damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the country recently, has confirmed the Secretariat of the Japan Wind Energy Association. Although the transport of energy remains a challenge in Japan, no wind turbine was damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the country on March 11, has confirmed Kuga Iwata, director of the Secretariat of the Japan Association of Wind Energy.
According to Iwata Kuga, an initial telephone survey of 119 members of the Association, companies and municipalities related to wind energy, all wind power plants in the country still in operation after the disaster. “In our history, earthquakes and tsunamis are fairly common, so we’re prepared,” Iwata has said in an email interview. Japan has 2,304 MW installed, after adding 221 MW in 2010.
“The area remains limited to the north of Japan,” Iwata continued. “Tokyo was not damaged, except for temporary power cuts.” EcoPower company, which operates more than 109 wind farms across Japan, mostly in coastal areas, said its other operations were halted during the earthquake, but after that time all its wind farms have been considered safe. “Little by little we all plants operating normally and we would help solve the current problems afflicting the country,” the company said in a statement.
Japan Wind Development Company, the third generator of wind power, has said that its parks were not damaged during the earthquake and has also verified the safety of all employees. The company also confirmed it is pressing ahead with their demonstration project of intelligent networks, an investment of $1,200 million in Rokkasho, in Aomori, northern Japan.
The project explores ways of increasing efficiency and saving energy through smart grid deployment in urban areas. Is being carried out in collaboration with Toyota, Hitachi and Panasonic. “We are working smoothly,” the company said in a statement. The main message we want to convey the Japanese farm sector is the resistance to adversity.
“We’re fine. Japan is to survive and overcome this situation. After the disaster, will invest more in renewable energy development, “said Iwata Kuga.
Solar energy companies, little affected
Yurika Fujimoto, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, has said its photovoltaic cell manufacturing plant, located to the south, in Nagano, and module plant, located in Kyoto, were far from the epicenter of the earthquake. “There is no significant damage or among employees or facilities,” said Fujimoto.
More than a week after the earthquake, Solar Frontier continues to focus on the safety of their employees but continue normal operations at its facilities. A working group of the company’s rapid response is constantly changing conditions across the country. While operations in the factories of the company remain normal, the R & D tasks in Atsugi Research Center is suffering from constant blackouts. “But this has direct impact on business operations,” says the company.
Exports also have been affected. But you can not say the same for the distribution of equipment and components within Japan itself. Efforts are now focused on the important sending relief teams to the areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami.