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Japan’s biggest utility struggles to restore power after record storm

The Edge Markets International

TOKYO (Sept 11): Japan’s biggest utility is struggling to recover from a record-force typhoon that struck near Tokyo on Monday, estimating it won’t be able to return power to all customers until at least this weekend. Service won’t be fully restored until after Sept 13, Kazuyuki Shiokawa, chief engi...


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Bob Meinetz on Sep 11, 2019 6:41 pm GMT

Solar power to the rescue:


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Matt Chester on Sep 11, 2019 9:21 pm GMT

Do you know what's happening in this video? What caused the fire? Or was the point just to show that electrical equipment can catch on fire

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 12, 2019 6:50 am GMT

It shows what happens when someone decides to build a solar farm on a reservoir, Matt, in an area where there isn't enough land.

The farm was destroyed by Typhoon Faxai three days ago, and the point was to provide another example of the uselessness of renewable toys when reliable electricity is needed most. Some light was provided by burning solar panels, but they made a lot of smoke too.

"Firefighters said that winds from the typhoon may have caused the panels to have become dislodged and pile up on each other."

Solar flames light Tokyo street

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Matt Chester on Sep 12, 2019 1:39 pm GMT

Ah so an instance of a typhoon in Japan causing issues for a plant of a particular energy source means that energy source is now non-viable? Interesting...

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 13, 2019 1:16 am GMT

Given typhoons strike Japan on an annual basis it's certainly proven to be non-viable there, hasn't it?

Here in the U.S., I know you consider an intermittent 2% share of our electricity mix proof of viability. I find that more interesting.

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Matt Chester on Sep 12, 2019 5:38 pm GMT

Apologies, I thought you'd get my attempt at irony in reference to Fukushima and the typhoon in Japan that contributed to that, and how the fall out from that should not be considered a reason to abandon nuclear. 

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 12, 2019 9:07 pm GMT

My bad, I didn't know a typhoon in Japan contributed to Fukushima - thought it was just the earthquake and tsunami.

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Matt Chester on Sep 13, 2019 11:29 am GMT

Goes to show why I didn't go into meteorology, Bob!

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