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Date : August 25, 2011

Video Report: Kawasaki Press Tour (August 25, 2011)

post date : 2013.08.24





Mr. Takao Abe, Mayor of Kawasaki
Ukishima Solar Power Plant is under the flight path of planes leaving and arriving at Haneda airport. If the weather is good, it can be seen from the plane. Next to this mega-solar power plant, an educational center “Kawasaki eco-living Miraikan” has opened. Kawasaki City promotes this area as a model area for environmental technologies.
Mr. Shigeru Yumita, Assistant Manager, Global Environment & Sustainability Office, Environmental Protection Bureau, Kawasaki City
The Ukishima Solar Power Plant started generating power on August 10. The plant itself has about 7,000kW output and about 38,000 solar panels were installed here. 
Mr. Yasuhiro Fukushiba, Director, Global Environment & Sustainability Office, Environmental Protection Bureau, Kawasaki City
Total generating capacity of all the power plants in the Kawasaki’s coastal zone reaches 5.5 million kW, equal to 80% of the electricity used by all households in the Metropolitan area.
Mr. Hiroshi Murakami, the director of Kawasaki biomass plant
We use biomass fuel for this power plant. In here, we use wood as a fuel. When demolishing houses, we recycle the wood materials such as pillars and beams. They are smashed into pieces and used as biomass fuel.
At the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, the quake in this area measured an intensity of 5-plus on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7. Despite the quake, the plant was not damaged at all. Moreover, the power plant, as a valuable power source in East Japan, started to supply surplus power to TEPCO. Right now, we run the plant day and night, 7 days a week at 100% power supply capacity: 33,000kW.
Mr. Takao Abe, Mayor of Kawasaki
If environmental technologies are highly appreciated and necessary to the world, Kawasaki’s industry has to shift drastically towards developing environmental technologies; and then, the city can sell them worldwide to vitalize its own industry. We are trying to create an image that Kawasaki is growing economically while contributing to the world through its environmental technologies.

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