Dec 23, 2014

¥300 billion allocated for energy projects

The government plans to spend ¥300 billion promoting renewable energy and helping small businesses cope with pricier fuel bills, according to informed sources. The package will be adopted at a Cabinet meeting Saturday. It is expected to include a program promoting the development of ...

Dec 5, 2014

SoftBank to invest in airborne wind turbine developer Altaeros

SoftBank Corp. will invest $7 million in Altaeros Energies Inc., a U.S. company developing airborne wind turbines. Altaeros is working to commercialize technology to lift wind turbines into consistently high altitudes so they can produce more power than tower-mounted turbines, the companies said in ...

Nov 27, 2014

Honda completes construction of wind power plant in Brazil

Honda Motor Co. has completed the construction of its wind power plant in Brazil to generate electricity matching the amount needed for the automaker’s four-wheel vehicle production in the country. On Wednesday, the Japanese automaker held a ceremony in Xangri-la in the southern state ...

Apr 30, 2014

SoftBank mulls wind power plant investment off Ibaraki

SoftBank Corp. is considering investing in an offshore wind power plant project, further expanding its renewable energy business, sources said Wednesday. A SoftBank subsidiary, SB Energy Corp., is in talks to acquire a minority share of Wind Power Energy, the developer of a 90-megawatt ...

Feb 27, 2014

GE bets big on wind power in Japan

General Electric Co. considers Japan ripe for new investment in wind power as the resource-poor country diversifies energy supply in light of the Fukushima disaster. The U.S. company has developed a 2.85-megawatt turbine for Japan that can withstand conditions unique to the country. It ...

Wind power on verge of taking off

Feb 26, 2014

Wind power on verge of taking off

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan hasn’t seen an appreciable increase in wind power in the past few years despite the start of the feed-in tariff system designed to boost renewable energy, but it still has potential and the market will grow in the next several years. That appears ...

Feb 14, 2014

Wind lobby raps environment reports

by Chisaki Watanabe

Japan’s effort to obtain more power from wind turbines is being held up by requirements that force developers to conduct environmental impact assessments, undermining government support for the industry, according to a lobby group. The rules requiring the assessments for wind developers took effect ...

Floating wind farm debuts off Fukushima

Nov 11, 2013

Floating wind farm debuts off Fukushima

The first wind turbine in an experimental project by the University of Tokyo and 10 companies started generating electricity Monday off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture. The turbine, equipped with 80-meter-long blades, floats on the sea some 20 km off the town of Naraha. ...

Nov 9, 2013

Winds of energy independence

Amid the prime minister's push to sell nuclear technology abroad and restart nuclear power plants at home, the Environment Ministry has moved to develop Japan's capacity for wind power.