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Japan's renewable energy options

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Can't wait for my electricity bills to arrive this Summer? I'm sure it will be through the roof from all the imported costs the Japanese will now need to pay for energy. I understand why renewable and alternative energies are needed and why people want to get rid of nuclear power. All for that! But I think Japan needs to take German advice on this one. Ease off Nuclear dependence slowly, not all at once. I'm sure after complaints this summer of high electricity bills the government will turn the plants back on!

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Japan's FiT in July is among the highest in the world. It's clear that Japan's FiT will shake the solar market. New solar technology will show in Japan. This is it! As you know, earthquake in japan is happening frequently. Floating solar panels installation is one of the best solutions for power crisis in Japan. So you have to reduce the vibration to install Floating solar panels. Because, it makes many kinds of problems! The vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for Floating solar panels installation has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when Floating solar panels are being rolled and pitched on the water. Recently, this Floating Body Stabilizers using to reduce the Vibration of Floating Solar Panels in South Korea. You can see New Floating Body Stabilizer videos in YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moO--q5B92k, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA_xFp5ktbU&feature=youtu.be.

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This is not all: How about Bloom energy? nanotechnology, etc? there are many more out there. What is lacking is the will.

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sorry this is a repeat comment since there two posts basically asking the same question.

Japan could generate 50% of its total power from renewables, within 20 years if it decided to.

The best use of solar, wind, geothermal, fuel cells like the Boom Energy Server made by Bloom Energy, California. Off shore wind plants producing compressed air instead of power which is stored in bags on the ocean floor and use to generate power during peak demand. Tidal and wave generators.

Also the better use of the power generated by energy efficiency appliances and heat pumps for ac and heating water. LED lights.

The main obstacle to overcome are the 10 major power companies which for decades have enjoyed a monopoly. There now needs to be a separation between companies which generate power and those which sell power.

Nanotechnology can play a major part in how power is generated and how its consumed.

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I find the article's claim about hydro power hard to believe. Japan is a mountainous land which receives significant rainfall, but hydro is unreliable? There's also an assumption that hydro generation has to be on the same scale as nuclear. Many smaller hydro plants could still supply a significant load. What about water supply dams - are they used for hydro generation? Does the biomass category include generation by sewerage works - is such technology used in Japan? What about geothermal on the small scale to supply heating for buildings and thereby reduce the need for other forms of heating?

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Solar, wind, whatever is safe. Individuals will be able to choose a small system for their dwelling.

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@the_harper

Japan is a mountainous land which receives significant rainfall, but hydro is unreliable?

Of course hydro is very reliable! Zichi just mentioned that it is the big greedy companies that are a hinderance to all these developments. Look! if the worst comes to the worst, nearby sea water can be pumped several meters high and its touch down force will turn turbines to produce electricity!!! Is Japan short of sea water? Wasnt sea water used during the crisis?

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