IN DEPTH: The lessons of Kabashima

The sleepy port of Goto-shi, the largest municipality in the Goto archipelago

The sleepy port of Goto-shi, the largest municipality in the Goto archipelago

The sleepy Goto Islands are a world away from the anonymous hustle and bustle of the congested streets of Tokyo.

Yet, like, Fukushima, this remote, rocky archipelago, about 100km off the western coast, sits at the forefront of Japan’s burgeoning renewables revolution. In October 2013, under the oversight of the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), a group of companies and research entities connected a floating 2MW Hitachi turbine to the local grid on tiny Kabashima, one of the 140 islands that make up the Goto archipelago, replacing a 100kW Fuji Heavy Industries turbine installed a year earlier.

However, the MOE project has a decidedly different set of objectives from the Ministry of Log in to read complete article.

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