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Offshore Wind Power Promises to Boost Fukushima Recovery

In November 2013, a 2,000-kilowatt wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture began trial operations. Two more turbines of 7,000 kilowatts each will be installed this year, creating the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm. The project is an important part of the prefecture’s effort to revive its economy following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
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Japanese Energy Strategy in the Shale-Gas EraShibata Akio

With imports of natural gas booming following the shutdown of nuclear reactors nationwide, Shibata Akio calls for a national energy strategy geared to new domestic and global realities—including a global energy market transformed by the shale revolution.
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Hopeful Signs: Renewable Energy from Geothermal and Solar Power

In the wake of 3/11, people are looking increasingly to renewables to provide their electricity. While solar power had been popular even before the disaster, geothermal energy has not reached even a small fraction of its potential. We examine the reasons for this development gap.
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Rice Paddy Power: Harnessing Microbial Energy

Energy harvesting transforms the latent energy of the natural world that flows through our everyday environment into power we can use. In the fields that produce Japan’s staple crop, rice, work to harvest this energy has already begun.
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