Contaminated Fukushima begins to turn into an ecological paradise

The Japanese government has presented extremely ambitious plans, which assume practical use of the contaminated areas of Fukushima. They are to become an ecological paradise and make the country a role model in the world for the development of renewable energy technologies.

A powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami damaged three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima-1 plant in March 2011. Radioactive materials rose into the sky and fell over a large area of Fukushima Prefecture Fukushima. Over the past few years, the government has conducted a large-scale land decontamination operation, which has resulted in some residents being able to return to their homes.

Interestingly, snakes are helping in the cleanup of the biggest nuclear disaster in the 21st century. They have become mobile measuring stations. Since they are in the middle of the food chain, eating their prey and then becoming the dinner of other larger members of the fauna, the sensors installed on them collected data on not only the contamination of the areas they visited, but also showed the extent of of irradiation other animals.

Although the situation seems to have been brought under control, vast tracts of land around the power plant are still uninhabitable. So the government has come up with the idea of using them for its historic investment. The following will be built there solar farms and wind farms will be built there, as well as hydroelectric and geothermal power plants. As reported by Tokyo’s Nikkei Asian Review newspaper, the renewable energy technologies are to be used directly to power the nation’s capital.

The entire project is expected to be completed by 2040 and have a capacity of 1.5 GW. It should be emphasized here that the Polish power grid currently uses almost 4 GW of power generated by solar panels. The government was inspired by the plans of Ukrainian authorities who intend to use the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for ecological purposes. Some time ago the first solar farm was built there, and another one is under construction.

Japan is still, above all, drawing energy from the atom and coal. After the catastrophe in Fukushima, the domestic energy sector was based solely on coal, which was imported from various countries around the world. Now the atom is back in favor and will remain so for the next few years. Of course, the government intends to supplement it somewhat with renewable energy. Its heart is to be Fukushima.

The plans envisage construction of as many as 11 solar farms and 10 wind farms. There will also be a new power grid that will directly connect the area around the Fukushima-1 power plant with Tokyo. The entire investment is to be gradually expanded and initially amount to $2.75 billion. The government assumes that the new projects RES projects will provide between 13 and 14 percent of the country’s energy needs.

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