Sunday, April 5, 2009

Kamikaze

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Last year 9 wind generators began operating on top of Takanoyama behind Tsunozu and Uyagawa. I was surprised to learn that it was a public works project of the prefecture in partnership with Gotsu City.

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Another 12 have now gone up on the beaches at Asari and Kuromatsu, this time erected by a new local company Gotsu Wind Power.

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While not the biggest in Japan, with towers of 80 metres and blades of 45 metres, they are pretty impressive close up.

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The towers were made in South Korea and the generators are from Germany and Finland.

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Japan lags far behind other countries in wind power generation, not because of a lack of wind, but because there is no national grid. There are 10 seperate regional power companies that don't share excess electricity across their borders.

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Iwami generates a miniscule amount of hydro-electric power, and most of our electricity comes from the coal powered Misumi power station. There is a nuclear power station on the coast up near Matsue. (built on a fault-line of course!)

2 comments:

  1. Just couldnt resist letting you know how much I love the title!

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  2. Thanks Jodie... glad someone noticed :)
    BTW, we hope to get some goats so may get back to you for tips...

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