Pat Shingleton for Friday, May 31, 2013

The Tohuku earthquake and tsunami that leveled Fukushima in 2011 produced a positive development that Louisiana could investigate. Japanese engineers have a plan to complete a self-sufficient energy system by 2040, utilizing an entirely renewable source. This summer, construction will begin on the world’s most powerful wind farm with the assembly of a 650-foot-high, 2-megawatt turbine. The project will incorporate a substation and undersea cables. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society reports 143 turbines 10 miles off the Fukushima coast will be built to withstand tsunamis, earthquakes and typhoons. The power generated could exceed 1 gigawatt, more than the record 504 megawatts generated off the coast of Suffolk, England. The farm could complement Japan’s 54 nuclear sites. Fastcast: Humid.