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Japan Solar Energy PV Industry Reaches 10 GW Milestone

September 15, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Japan Solar PV

New research conducted by NPD Solarbuzz and featured on their blog this past week shows that Japanese solar photovoltaic “PV” installations have now passed 10 GW for cumulative PV capacity, only the fifth country to reach the mark.[read more]

Japan's Appetite for Demand Response Awakens

August 2, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Comverge has made its largest splash in Asia to date with a new regional research and development operation in Japan, and Japan’s utilities have turned their attention to demand-side management as the industry continues to contend with the consequences of Fukushima.[read more]

Japanese Solar Energy Industry Soaring

June 5, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Japanese solar plant

Not only can solar replace nuclear power in Japan, but it is also set to become the world’s largest solar revenue market in 2013, thanks at least in part to a surge in installations in Q1.[read more]

Japan's Methane Hydrates and the Future of Global Energy

March 19, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

Countries including the U.S., Canada, Norway, and China are also interested in using hydrate deposits as an additional source of energy, since methane is a main component.[read more]


Energy Facts: Fossil Fuels Replace Nuclear in Japan

March 15, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Japan increased the use of fossil fuels for power generation 21% in 2012, following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.[read more]


Japan Taps Methane Hydrates: Pondering the Explosive Implications

March 15, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Japan produced natural gas from offshore methane hydrates Tuesday, a breakthrough with potentially explosive consequences for both global energy markets and the effort to tackle climate change.[read more]

Japan Extracts Natural Gas from Frozen Methane Hydrate

March 14, 2013 by Lee Woodrow

methane hydrate

Japan says it has successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast, in a world first. Methane hydrates, or clathrates, are a type of frozen “cage” of molecules of methane and water.[read more]

A Smart Energy Strategy in Japan: What's the Vision?

January 29, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Smart Energy Strategy via Shutterstock

Japan’s national energy strategy experienced a 9.0 quake of its own in 2011 as a result of the twin incidents of the March 11 tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident. It rattled many assumptions about energy sources and electrical grid configurations. A recent Silicon Valley Technology Forum hosted by Fujitsu served as an excellent opportunity to hear how these large-scale events have shaped thinking and R&D in the leading information and communications (ICT) company in Japan[read more]

Fukushima, from Nuclear Energy to Wind Energy

January 24, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Since the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, and which resulted in one of the worst nuclear accidents in recent history, Japan has signaled its intentions to transition towards clean, alternative energy.[read more]

Clean energy technologies? No bubble bursting there.

August 7, 2012 by Tyler Hamilton

There was a clever headline in the satirical newspaper The Onionearlier this week that wouldn’t be so humorous if it wasn’t true.“300 Million Without Electricity In India After Restoration Of Power Grid,” the headline read.The article was referring to the massive power outage across India Tuesday that cut electricity to 670 million...[read more]

The World’s Least Carbon-Emitting Building?

August 3, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

How, exactly, do you design the world’s least C02-emitting building? By incorporating a whole host of green features, apparently, as Shimizu Corporation has with its new headquarters building in Tokyo. The building, which officially opened yesterday, is said to emit only 38 kilograms per square meter of CO2 peryear, 62 percent less than...[read more]

Does The Difference Between China's Actual And Reported CO2 Equal Yearly Emissions Of Japan?

June 12, 2012 by Joseph Romm

China recently overtook America as the world’s largest consumer of energy — also making it the largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. Led by China, countries pumped record levels of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2011, setting the world on a path to 11 degree Fahrenheit warming by the end of the century.If that prospect isn’t worrisome...[read more]

Japan PM Noda raises the stakes to restart reactors

June 11, 2012 by Dan Yurman

In a nationwide speech he tells the country they are "indispensible" Prime Minister NodaThe message of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda about restarting the nation's nuclear reactors is as clear as the sound of temple bells at noontime.  In a stark appeal on national television, he said the loss of energy from the closed power...[read more]

Japan close to restarting reactors

June 1, 2012 by Dan Yurman

The country's economy has taken a beating in terms of exports and the cost of importing fossil fuels cannot be sustained much longerJapan PM Yoshihiko NodaJapan's prime minister Yoshihiko Noda got some wind in his sails in efforts to restart the nation's shut down nuclear reactors this week. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a high profile...[read more]

Backfilling Nuclear Shutdowns With Efficiency And Renewables In Japan, Germany And California?

April 30, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Electric utilities and policymakers in Japan and Germany have been scrambling for months to find ways to compensate for nuclear power plants shut down in the aftermath of Fukushima.In both instances, fossil fuels are part of the stopgap solution to offset the declines in nuclear generation in the short term, but longer-term energy...[read more]