Renewable Energy in Fukushima

Fukushima Prefectural Government declared 100% renewable energy one year after the nuclear accident. It means the prefecture will produce energy by the renewables more than it consumes by 2040. 

Soma IHI Green Energy Center

Japanese engineering giant IHI launched the Green Energy Center in Soma City, intending to integrate solar power generation with business development. Electricity generated by the 1.6 MW solar power station at the 5.4-hectare center will be delivered to the municipal sewerge treatment plant, while surplus energy will be used for experimental projects such as hydrogen production and dehydration of sewage sludge. It is expected to create CO2-free sustainable community by taking advantages of hydrogen technologies. Developing a community-based business model, the company hopes to play a part in the economic revitalization of the 2011 disaster-hit region.

Shinchi tri-generation

Shinchi Station was washed away by tsunami. The town government moved it inland and is introducing tri-generation in a new town center near the station. It is a natural gas fired generator producing electricity and heat while providing green houses with CO2.

Minamisoma Solar Park

A 60MW photovoltaic park operated by Sumitomo built by Toshiba and Taisei.

Minamisoma Wind Farm

Solar Sharing

Solar Panel Factory – INFINI

Infini’s solar panels on water

Solar parks reuse nuclear power line

Fukushima prefecture had ten nuclear reactors. All were stopped and will never work again. Power lines became almost vacant. Now they are used for renewable energy.

Solar income for rebuilding the village

These renewable power plants provide the community with 1 million JPY per megawatt. The money is used for rebuilding the communities.

Batteries to store surplus renewable electricity

Japan’s largest lithium-ion battery energy storage were installed
to improve supply-demand balancing of electricity in the grid.

Hydrogen Energy Research Field

Toshiba ESS, Tohoku Electric Power Company and Iwatani Corporation have started construction of Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), a large-scale hydrogen energy system in Namie Town.

FH2R will produce and store up to 900 tons of hydrogen a year, using renewable energy. It will use a new control system to coordinate overall operation of the hydrogen energy system, the power grid control system, and the hydrogen demand forecast system, so as to optimize hydrogen production, hydrogen electricity generation and hydrogen gas supply.

FH2R as of July 2018