1. Solar has not gone away in Japan. In 2015, Japan continued to be the #2 market for solar PV in the world, and I recently saw a prediction for another 8GW of new installations in 2016, retaining at least the #3 position. There is even SOME new greenfield development going on despite the difficulties of obtaining interconnection and the risk of curtailment. And the solar exhibition remains by far the largest and most well attended, with a mood even on the last afternoon of the exhibition not at all glum.
|The Kyocera exhibit had a feature on "floating solar" power plants which focused on the 1.7MW "nishi-ike" project in Takaoka that we developed for them, as well as trumpeting their 13MW project now underway.|
|DSM, a Netherlands-based speciality chemical company, makes coatings and films for module.|
|A Solo Power module -- rollable and this one weighs 2.1kgs - 90 watts ... can be glued onto a rooftop.|
|Solarworld bi-facial module. 72 cell 320 watt, but up to 400 watts production possible including reverse side, at a high albedo groundcover location.|
4. Floating offshore wind experiments continue. The Fukushima national demonstration project is now nearing its next phase, with several different designs of floating offshore wind to be tested (including the Principle Power design as implemented by Mitsui Zosen). It will not happen overnight, it it is great to imagine a future in 15 or 20 years when Japan could get massive electricity from a flotilla of offshore wind farms.
|Nobody home at the USA Pavilion's Principle Power booth. |
Maybe they are over at the Fukushima offshore wind project displays?
|East Japan hydrogen fueling stations.|
|West Japan hydrogen fueling stations|
6. Basic energy conservation gets featured at WSEW in the Eco House and Eco Buildings exhibition. Glass wool insulation! Better reflective/insulating paint coatings! Some nice exhibits of companies taking the low cost way to lower CO2 output.
7. Electricity competition. There were lots of exhibits by competitive suppliers and providers of monitoring, price comparison tools and a myriad of other things needed in a competitive retail market. For the first time ever, I saw a TEPCO presence at one of these events, as TEPCO compares for competition in its own region and others.
|New logo! New TEPCO? Lots of reasons to think so, actually.|
|Kinki Electric Power .... not to be confused with Kansai Electric Power.|
|Skipping Stone (consultants) were there as well.|