"Tsunagari Nukumori Project Tohoku"
(Tsunagari : Unity / Nukumori : Warmth and care)
Renewable Energy:Bring Unity and Warmth to the Disaster Affected Area
A huge earthquake hit in the Tohoku region on March the 11th 2011.
Our aim is to assist the affected area using renewable energy. We were established on April the 4th. Our main pillars of support are to provide solar panels, solar water heaters and biomass units, to deliver electricity, hot water and bath water as well as any other support we can to the victims of the disaster.
The projects foundation is to support a sustainable society based on renewable energies. Our goal is to create a grassroots network to support various affected areas and our support is developing in this area.
With your donation, we can realize more and more installations, we really hope you can help us in some way.
Project Exective Group
Woody Biomass Iwate, Gurutto, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies(ISEP), Renewable Energy Business Cooperative REXTA, Biomass Industrial Society Network(BIN),WWF Japan
(as of August 11, 2011)
* We have the pleasure of presenting the name of corporations, groups and individuals who sponsored us with some made a donation with more than 300,000 JPY.
Think the Earth Project, Solar Frontier CO.Ltd., The Nippon Foundation, Hilti Japan CO.Ltd., Network Earth Village, WWF Japan, Ecomesse, Mr. Mitsuo Matsudai & Ms. Kyoko Matsudai, Mitsui & CO.Ltd., Yamaguchi Security Industry Limited Private company, Yamaguchi Mone Club, Lush Co.Ltd.
(as of August 11, 2011)
Details of our Activities
Directly after the disaster we started installing solar panels at established places of refuge and private establishments that became places of refuge, to provide light and energy. To assist with distribution of emergency food we provided wood fire (biomass) mobile boiler trucks to heat water for rice and the hot water, also essential for creating cleaning and bathing facilities. Furthermore, we are supporting residents by providing solar water heaters at temporary housing and solar street lights. We are considering how we can make the best use of renewable energies to support everyday life.
9 months have passed since the earthquake and even though it said that usual life has been restored, there are still places that we know of where support is still necessary.
It is difficult for children to commute to school from the temporary accommodation, as the route is in total darkness when the children come home from school. This makes it necessary for a parent or guardian to accompany them. A lot of the temporary accommodation has been built in mountainous areas where there is even less street lighting.
This project has provided 2 solar lamps to help along the route to school , and we are planning to set up more lamps in Iwate Pref, Ootsuchi town.
In Fukushima Pref we have installed a solar panel system at a handicapped people facility which is connected to the grid. The income from selling the excess power back to the grid supports the operation of this facility.
The patients of these facilities are from the area and even though they know the dangers of the pollution it is not possible to move them. Many people who were living in this area came from other areas to work on farms producing foodstuffs, but as these jobs have gone, and most people have been evacuated, it is difficult to get staff for these hospitals. It has made an extremely difficult situation for the operation of these facilities, so we are planning to support other facilities like this in Iino city, koriyama city and Iwaki city in Fukushima.
Onosakichi area, Ishinomaki city, Miyagi Pref. Kitakamigawa harbor.
All over this area there is massive subsidence allowing only one temporary road through the area. A lot of the temporary housing is located over 20 kilometers away, and people are returning to this district daily to try to put their devastated houses and lives in order. There are also fishermen continuing to come and work in this area.
In order to light up this area and to support fishermen who go out to sea early in the morning, we have placed lighting in the harbor and we have installed a water well pump which uses energy from solar panels. Furthermore we are planning to install solar panels to provide power for electric equipment at the dockyard.
In Miyagi Pref, Onagawa town in front of Onagawa hospital, at their open community cafe we are installing a wood fired plate stove. This open fire stove was requested to provide support for a social area for old age residence, who were being moved into temporary accommodation and to prevent them becoming withdrawn from society.
In the affected area the usual places of communication, such as local facilities and local shops have almost disappeared. In addition the residents have been split up to live in different temporary housing, so preserving the community has become very difficult.
In Miyagi Pref, Minami Sanriku town in order to provide a place for communication, we have started planning a public bathhouse. We have decided to supply a wood burning biomass unit.
Make a donation
Total donation amount up to now
Total: 66,964,074JPY (as of March 6, 2012)
Total:115,690,000JPY（as of February 28, 2012）
Bank Account information
Donation Application Form
If you let us choose your donation purpose, you can just transfer your donation to one of our bank accounts in the following.
＊Bank Account Information
Bank Name: THE 77BANK ,Ltd
Swift Code: BOSSJPJT
Branch Name: Head office
Account Holder: （NPO)The Touhoku Water & Environment Network Tsunagari Nukumori Project
Bord Rep. Tatsuro Niikawa
Account Number: 100-7997761
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Ways to support
Solar Panel Project
For ¥230,000, we can provide a 400w solar panel (with battery), which can provide lighting, power for cell-phones, home appliances and other electrical devices. Larger panels, battery less panels, solar street lamps, are also possible. During disasters this equipment is extremely useful and provides a sense of security to victims.
Solar Thermal Project
Approximately half of a usual households energy use comes from making hot water and heating (thermal). Thermal heating is more efficient than using electricity. If we install solar water heaters at temporary housing, welfare institutions and housing complexes, just using the gift of the suns rays we can generate warmth and hot water. (On a fine day 50 to 60‘C)
Resources for biomass are plentiful especially in forested areas. If biomass boilers are installed, timber from forest thinning and other firewood can be used as a heat source for hot baths etc. Fire burning stoves and plate stoves if installed at meeting places or community cafes for example, can provide a restful atmosphere as people relax watching the fire and communicate.
Tsunagari-Nukumori Project Tohoku
(The Tohoku Water Environment Network)
3-3-11, Komegafukuro, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0813 Japan