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  • More Than 13,000 Cubic Meters Of Gas Extracted From Methane Hydrate

    TOKYO (Kyodo)–A one-week trial by the government has yielded more than 13,000 cubic meters of natural gas extracted from a next-generation energy source called methane hydrate in the Pacific seabed off Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The amount topped the yield from …

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  • Siemens wins 18MW turbine deal in Japan

    Siemens has won an order from Japanese wind developer Eurus to install six of its SWT-3.0-101 turbines at the Akita Port wind project on the northwest coast of the island of Honshu. As well as delivery and installation of the 3MW turbines, the deal also …

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  • High Costs Seen As Obstacle To Methane Hydrate Gas Production

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–Natural gas production from methane hydrate may not become commercially viable for at least another decade in light of technological hurdles that stand in the way of lower costs. Methane hydrate is a sherbet-like frozen methane found in a high-pressure, low-temperature environment, such as …

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  • Japan extracts ‘fire ice’ gas from seabed

    National Mar. 13, 2013 – 06:51AM JST ( 18 ) TOKYO — Japan said Tuesday it had successfully extracted methane hydrate, known as “fire ice”, from its seabed, possibly unlocking many years’ worth of gas for the resource-starved country. In what they are claiming as …

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  • Trial Production Of Gas From Methane Hydrate To Begin

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–Japan will start test-producing natural gas from undersea methane hydrate reserves as early as next week, becoming the first in the world to do so. Methane hydrate is a sherbet-like frozen methane found in a high-pressure, low-temperature environment, such as seabeds and beneath frozen …

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  • Hywind moves ahead with Japan floater plan

    Plans for a floating wind farm demonstrator project off Japan based around Statoil’s Hywind spar-buoy turbine are moving ahead, with the Norwegian group and developer Hitachi Zosen launching a feasibility study for a site-specific model of the pioneering design. The two companies entered into a …

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  • Govt Eyes Aggressive Expansion Of Offshore Wind Power Generation

    NAGASAKI (Kyodo)–Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said Saturday he wants to aggressively promote power generation using windmills at sea, a form of alternative energy use still in its infancy in Japan. “I would like to have wind power generation capacity rise to over 1 million kilowatts …

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  • Govt To Step Up Research On Marine Power Generation

     TOKYO (Nikkei)–The government from next week plans to start looking for offshore areas suitable for marine power generation, with the aim of launching projects in fiscal 2014. Marine power takes advantage of the energy that exists in the ocean, including the power created by waves, …

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  • Japan: MODEC Develops Floating Wind & Current Hybrid Power Generation System

    MODEC Inc, based in Japan, has developed a floating wind and current hybrid power generation system, called SKWID (Savonius Keel & Wind Turbine Darrieus). The SKWID is a floating wind and current hybrid power generation system capable of converting two inexhaustible ocean energy sources into …

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  • 2.4 MW Turbine Produces First Power Off Choshi, Japan

    A big turbine started spinning off Choshi in Chiba prefecture, writes Kyodo News. The 2.4 MW turbine produced its first power on Monday, as it was previously announced that the operation will commence this month. It has been installed within a research project with Tokyo …

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