Japan's Solar Energy Market Surge Blows Away Earlier Forecasts

November 13, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Japan Solar Market Surge

The newly projected 350 percent growth of Japan’s solar market from 2012 to 2013 dwarfs estimates made earlier this year. The latest forecast is almost a full gigawatt higher than the 5.3 gigawatts expected by analysts earlier this year.[read more]


Uncertain Future for Nuclear Energy in Japan as Last Nuclear Reactor is Switched Off

November 1, 2013 by Gerhard Fasol

Nuclear Energy and Japan

Japan is not non-nuclear because of a clear Government decision to switch off nuclear power. There is no Japanese Government decision to go non-nuclear at this time. On the contrary, the current Japanese government is decidedly pro-nuclear.[read more]

Offshore Wind and Japan: Will the US Win or Lose This Technology Race?

October 24, 2013 by Lewis Milford

The nuclear power crisis in Japan may open up new opportunities for offshore wind innovation. Japan's rapid response to the Fukushima crisis, like finding alternative energy solutions, suggests how the U.S. could gain a foothold in a new segment of offshore wind -- floating turbines.[read more]

China, Japan, and Chekhov's Gun - Where Does Fracking Fit In?: Interview with Don Coxe

October 5, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Don Coxe has 40 years of institutional investment experience in Canada and the U.S. As a strategist and investor, he has been engaged at the senior level in global capital markets through every recession and boom since the onset of stagflation in 1972.[read more]


Solar Energy Capacity Growth Rivals Wind as Manufacturer Outlook Strengthens

October 3, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Global PV Development

New solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity may rival or exceed the growth in wind energy for the first time in 2013, as growing demand and continuing industry consolidation begin to brighten prospects for solar manufacturers, industry analysts report.[read more]

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]