Offshore wind power enables Japan to produce renewable energy on a massive scale domestically via the installation of wind power generators right off the coast or further out in the sea. With the world’s sixth largest sea space, Japan’s long-term potential for offshore wind energy is estimated to be approximately 1,600 GW, which is approximately 10 times the existing thermal power generation and approximately 40 times the existing nuclear power generation in our country.
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Offshore wind power generation has the following advantages compared to that of onshore wind power generation.
- Offshore wind speeds tend to be stronger and steadier than on land
- The lack of land and road restrictions allows for the installation of larger scale wind turbines, meaning more capacity with fewer turbines
- Impact on landscape and potential noise pollution is lessened as offshore wind turbines are further out at sea
As a result of its many advantages compared to onshore wind power including the ability to generate stable and efficient energy as well as the potential to install larger scale wind turbines, the offshore wind market has gained velocity in the past few years. Europe has thus far actively led the way in encouraging the expansion of offshore wind generation and hence driving down costs. As technology develops, prices will continue to fall as interest continues to grow. Offshore wind power is poised to become a notable player in the world energy market.
For Japan, an island country surrounded by the sea, the promotion of offshore wind power generation is extremely important. Not only from the perspective of encouraging global warming countermeasures and the need to improve the country`s energy self-sufficiency ratio, but large-scale offshore wind development can increase the supply of renewable energy in Japan`s energy mix while contributing to economic development, creating sustainable jobs and supporting the local communities.
Pacifico Energy will continue to develop offshore wind power plants to promote the widespread adoption and sustainable use of clean and efficient energy.