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RENEWABLE CHALLENGE: Environmental scholar spreads concept of...
Hidefumi Kurasaka gives a lecture to students at Chiba University. (Mari Fujisaki)
Editor's note: This is the last of a two-part series on efforts being made to promote renewable energy sources.
RENEWABLE CHALLENGE: Shizen Energy oriented to communities hosting ...
Midori Goto shows off the solar farm operated by Shizen Energy and its partners in Koshi, Kumamoto Prefecture. (Mari Fujisaki)
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on efforts being made to promote renewable energy sources.
Local communities rush to set up micro power companies
Plans are under way for cutting the grass and laying solar panels on this plot of land earmarked for a mega-solar power plant in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Mari Fujisaki)
On a 1.8-hectare grassy plot of land in a mountainous area, a 15-minute drive from JR Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture, development work is under way on a solar power...
Japan's growth in renewable energy dims as nuclear strives for...
A swath of land earmarked for a mega-solar power plant remains empty beneath high-tension transmission lines in Abira, Hokkaido, on June 17. (Mari Fujisaki)
The shining light that was once Japan’s renewable energy industry is beginning to dim as reality sets in and it faces competition from a rejuvenated nuclear power industry.
Mitsubishi-Tokyo UFJ to invest 8.6 billion yen in mega-solar...
Banks are growing more interested in extending loans for mega-solar power plants, like this one in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. said it will loan 8.6 billion yen ($108 million) to Eurus Energy Holdings Corp. for its first “mega-solar” plant.
In drive to reuse energy, new generators are picking up steam
A binary cycle power generator installed at a factory in Kobe by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (Provided by Kawasaki Heavy Industries)
Energy recycling in Japan is getting a new spin as turbines can now be powered by low-temperature steam and hot springs, sources that were until now ignored as waste.
Offshore wind power generation in the spotlight in Japan
Government officials from Kenya inspect a wind power generation facility off the shore of Kamisu, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Tomoya Fujita)
As the government seeks to move away from nuclear energy, wind power in Japan has seen a surge in popularity, with a growing number of power utilities and heavy industrial...
S. Korean solar power firms seek inroads to Japanese market
An employee of a South Korean company explains the details of a product to visitors to a business fair in Osaka. (Satoshi Seii)
OSAKA--With the renewable energy field expanding worldwide, South Korean solar power companies are eager to get a foothold in the Japanese market.
Edano wants households to lend their roofs to solar drive
Rooftop solar panels (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A program to allow companies to install solar panels on the roofs of private homes will be introduced by the government before the onset of summer, industry ministery Yukio...
NTT eyes entry into power generation using renewables
Satoshi Miura, president of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., during an interview (Jun Wakamatsu)
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. has become the second player in Japan's telecommunications industry to express an interest in power generation through renewable sources.
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