First it was Europe and then it was China, but as the world absorbs the impact of Tokyo’s decision to phase out nuclear power over the next three decades, some are starting to ask whether the next big centre of renewable energy growth will be Japan.
“It is absolutely possible,” says Jim Long of Greentech Capital Advisors, a global adviser on renewable energy, headquartered in New York.
“This could provide a significant stimulus for the development of a major renewable energy market in Japan, and underpin the global ambitions of a number of large Japanese industrial companies in the clean energy sector.”
Japan certainly does not lack green energy ambition.
In line with last month’s decision, the country has plans that envisage the investment of ¥38-trillion ($483-billion U.S.) in non-hydroelectric renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, over the next two decades, plus an extra ¥84-trillion in energy-efficient technology.
This will come on top of the introduction in July of some of the world’s most generous low-carbon energy subsidies, which have already spurred an estimated $2-billion of investment.
Japan has several substantial wind turbine makers, such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Japan Steel Works Ltd. and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., but none of them were among the 10 biggest wind companies by market share last year.
Among its solar cell makers, only two – Sharp Corp. and Kyocera Corp. – were on a list of the world’s 20 biggest by production in 2011, according to a report last month by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
Both companies are solar pioneers (Sharp started commercial solar production in 1963) but today’s undisputed solar power giant is China, where newcomers such as Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd., Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd., and Trina Solar dominate the top 20 global players.
China’s entry into the wind turbine market has been equally remarkable. Six years ago, not a single Chinese turbine maker was among the top 10 manufacturers. Last year there were four: Goldwind Science and Technology Co. Ltd., Sinovel Wind Group Co., United Power Technology Co. and Ming Yang Wind Power Group Ltd. – according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Continue reading at Japan stokes renewable energy plan
Choose Language / 言語
Updates / 最新記事
- Arkansas Nuclear Plant Explosion Goes Largely Unreported By National Media via Political Blindspot
- 【movie review】The Disaster Is Over, but the Effects on a Nation Are Not via The New York Times
- 第9回やより賞贈呈式～武藤類子さん、堀切さとみさんが受賞via Labor Net Japan
- Unit 1 at Florida’s Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant Goes Offline via Industrial Info Resources
- South Korea Targets 29 Percent Nuclear Power Reliance by 2035 via Bloomberg News
- Mexico’s Stolen Cobalt-60 Successfully Recovered, En Route To Waste Treatment Facility via Huffington Post
- メキシコで放射性物質奪い投棄か 医療用、犯人被ばくも via 河北新報
- 原発新規制基準「安全性は幻想」 技術者が説明 愛媛 via 朝日新聞
- More radioactive waste found at Bridgeton landfill via St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Fukushima Investigator Says Atomic Power Needs Global Black Box via Bloomberg
Archives / 月別アーカイブ
- December 2013 (65)
- November 2013 (164)
- October 2013 (200)
- September 2013 (255)
- August 2013 (198)
- July 2013 (208)
- June 2013 (231)
- May 2013 (174)
- April 2013 (156)
- March 2013 (199)
- February 2013 (191)
- January 2013 (173)
- December 2012 (92)
- November 2012 (198)
- October 2012 (229)
- September 2012 (207)
- August 2012 (255)
- July 2012 (347)
- June 2012 (231)
- May 2012 (168)
- April 2012 (116)
- March 2012 (150)
- February 2012 (198)
- January 2012 (292)
- December 2011 (251)
- November 2011 (252)
- October 2011 (364)
- September 2011 (288)
- August 2011 (513)
- July 2011 (592)
- June 2011 (253)
- May 2011 (251)
- April 2011 (571)
- March 2011 (494)
- February 2011 (1)
- December 2010 (1)
By Topic / トピック一覧
anti-nuclear energy movement Atomic Age Capitalism East Japan Earthquake + Fukushima energy policy EU food France health Hiroshima/Nagasaki IAEA India Inequality labor NRC nuclear waste Nuclear Weapons Radiation exposure Russia/Ukraine/Chernobyl TEPCO U.S. UK エネルギー政策 メディア ロシア/ウクライナ/チェルノブイリ 上関 健康 公正・共生 兵器 再稼働 労働における公正・平等 原発推進 反原発運動 大飯原発 女性・フェミニズム 広島・長崎 教育 東京電力 東日本大震災・福島原発 汚染水 米国 脱原発 被ばく 資本主義 除染