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  • Former IEA chief Tanaka doubts Japan’s renewables goal

    Japan will need to keep nuclear power in its energy mix as renewables are too costly and the country’s electricity grid is too decentralised, claims Nobuo Tanaka, a former director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Japan announced a new energy and environment strategy last …

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  • Close up – Sway Turbine’s ST10 10MW turbine

    NORWAY: Since 2010, Sway Turbine (ST) has been one of companies racing to produce the world’s first 10MW wind turbines. Now it is ready to reveal the design. Windpower Monthly technical writer Eize de Vries reports. Big turbines… Sway Turbine’s 10MW turbine is currently in …

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  • Scotland Looks To Japan Firms For Help With Ocean Power

    LONDON (Nikkei)–Scotland hopes to become a major exporter of electricity generated by ocean waves and currents from 2020 onward, Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland, told The Nikkei recently. Alex Salmond Scotland hopes to put ocean power to use by 2020, producing about 1 gigawatt …

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  • Huge Wind Turbine Set Up In Pacific Near Tokyo

    TOKYO (Kyodo)–A huge wind turbine built in the Pacific Ocean near Tokyo, the largest in Japan, was shown to reporters Monday before it starts power generation, possibly next January. The 126-meter-high turbine, with a 92-meter-diameter bladed wheel, is located about 3 kilometers off Choshi, Chiba …

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  • New priorities turn Kyoto goals into an afterthought

    The Washington Post With the nation’s oil and gas plants firing at full capacity, government officials say there is little chance Japan will honor its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the next decade, a startling retreat for the country that once spearheaded …

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  • Japan Finds First Shale Oil in Test Sample

    Posted on Wednesday 3 October 2012 – Wall Street Journal Japan Petroleum Exploration Co.cracked the first step to what may be the resource-starved country’s first shale oil discovery at home. The company, known as Japex, said it successfully extracted crude oil from a test sample …

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  • Statoil and Statkraft buy 560MW Dudgeon UK offshore project

    Norwegian partners Statkraft and Statoil have bought the 560MW Dudgeon offshore wind project in the UK. The pair acquired the Dudgeon development company from UK-based Warwick Energy, and say they will now work to bring the project to the point of a final investment decision. …

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  • S’tomo Group To Offer Low-Cost Devices For Removing CO2

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–Sumitomo Corp. (8053) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. (4005) plan to install and operate devices for separating carbon dioxide at chemical plants and other facilities, using technologies that can halve costs compared with conventional methods. The device will use a special membrane that is just …

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  • Rule Change Seeks To Boost Small Hydroelectric Generation

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–The government will ease regulations on the construction of small hydroelectric power generation facilities to encourage more companies to enter the power market, The Nikkei learned Tuesday. Revisions to the River Act will do away with the need to obtain approval from the central …

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  • M’bishi To Invest $200mn In Indonesian Geothermal Firm

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) will purchase a stake in an independent power supplier that operates the biggest geothermal energy plant in Indonesia. The major Japanese trading house will spend slightly more than 200 million dollars, or roughly 16 billion yen, for a 20% interest in …

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