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Incidentally this is the "glass half full" story from the Fukushima accident. That is, with nuclear gaining political untouchability the big industrial powers like Germany, France and now Japan can focus their industrial might on alternatives. With their huge coastline it is a no brainer that Japan should also look at tidal/ocean power. There is a lot of discussion about them going towards offshore wind power (because it is a huge resource for them) but I wonder if they should not go straight to tidal because offshore wind turbines are very expensive and still require the same kind of infrastructure as tidal (eg. getting the power back to shore; tethering huge structures in deep water).
Posted by rhodez