26 Mar '12, 12pm

Japan Shuts Down Nuclear Reactor, Just One Left Running

(Second attempt – I may repeat myself before the day is over) First response was to cut demand. Offices turned AC up and created a drive to get people to work in short-sleeved shirts rather than suits. That sort of stuff. And I seem to remember that car manufacturers started working weekends when demand was less and shutting down during the week. Japan started using a lot more fossil fuel and I think brought some more ff generation into the country. Second response was to light the burners underneath solar and wind. Japan is moving rapidly toward offshore wind and has contracted for large scale battery storage to help them incorporate large amounts of wind and solar on their grid. Japan has very large geothermal potential. They could easily replace their nuclear with geothermal, but that’s not something done quickly. I would expect efficiency will be a large part of their ...

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