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Japan to Set Up Marine Energy, Offshore Wind Power Test Sites

May 25, 2012

Japan will set up test sites for marine energy and offshore wind power to increase the use of renewable sources following the nuclear disaster last year.

Applications will be sought from local administrations and the first group of test sites will be picked by March 2014, a task force on ocean policy headed by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said today in a statement. The nation is taking a cue from the European Marine Energy Center, a Scottish test facility for wave and tidal technologies, Yoshikiyo Ono, a cabinet secretariat official, said at a briefing today.

“Our country’s use of marine renewable energy is extremely limited and technology development is also far behind compared with Europe and the U.S.,” the task force said. “Marine renewable energy is important for our future energy policy.”

Japan, once the world’s largest user of nuclear power after the U.S. and France, has all of its 50 reactors offline as the country runs safety tests following the Fukushima atomic disaster.

The government plans to set up several sites to test different technologies, Ono said. The number of locations to be picked for the first year has yet to be decided, he said.

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