domenica 31 agosto 2008
sabato 30 agosto 2008
New business project will be completed until December 2008 by technical japanese staff operating on solar panels field.
The general plan is to realize the first ship to have propulsion engines partially powered by solar energy. Japan's biggest shipping line Nippon Yusen KK and Nippon Oil Corp said solar panels capable of generating 40 kilowatts of electricity would be placed on top of a 60,000 tonne car carrier to be used by Toyota Motor Corp.
The solar panels would help conserve up to 6.5 percent of fuel oil used in powering diesel engines that generate electricity at any given moment.
Solar panels for an average home usually generate 3.5 kilowatts of electricity.
The system is expected to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1-2 percent, or about 20 tonnes per year, said Hideyuki Dohi, general manager at Nippon Oil's energy system development department.
Nippon Yusen will invest about 150 million yen ($1.4 million) in the solar panel system to be designed by Nippon Oil.
This project show again the high interest of japanese big firms in this period to catch best opportunities in the new atmosphere that's characterizing japanese research and production field and in the same time taking part to investiments offered by government for new ways of application of solar technology.
La più grande azienda di trasporti marittimi giapponesi, la Nippon Yusen KK, in sinergia con l'azienda di distribuzione energetica, Nippon Oil Corp, ha confermato lo sviluppo della prima nave al mondo alimentata dall'applicazione di pannelli solari.
Si stima un risparmio sul carburante del 6,5 %. Il sistema così sviluppato dovrebbe poi influire notevolmente sull'emissione del diossido di carbonio per un valore del 2%, pari a circa 20 tonnellate per anno, come confermato da Hideyuki Dohi, general manager del dipartimento di sviluppo e ricerca energetica della Nippon Oil Corp.
La nave sarà utilizzata dalla Toyota Motor per i propri servizi di trasporto e per questo prototipo la Nippon Yusen KK ha investito circa 1,5 milioni di dollari in pannelli solari forniti dalla Nippon Oil.
Anche questo progetto si inserisce perfettamente nel quadro di investimento e sviluppo trainato dal Governo giapponese per l'ampliamento degli applicativi sviluppati per lo sfruttamento delle energie rinnovabili. Un tema che sta attirando l'attenzione di molte aziende interessate ad investire sia in progetti interni che in mercati esterni, usufruendo di un clima favorevole alla sperimentazione e dell'accesso ad un piano d'agevolazione e finanziamento pubblico.
Asian Studies Group
lunedì 25 agosto 2008
Taking advantage of financial incentives for solar power generation, Japanese trading houses are stepping up investments in photovoltaic projects in Spain and elsewhere in Europe.
By investing in the fast-growing field in Europe, they hope to see the solar power business become a main source of long-term earnings, according to officials.
In late July, Mitsui & Co. acquired all the stock of photovoltaic power project companies in Catalonia, Spain, with a current capacity of 100 kilowatts peak (kWp).
The acquisition was made through IPM Eagle LLP, an investment firm based in Britain in which Mitsui has a 30-percent stake.
Upon completion of additional facilities, the total capacity will soon be 1,460 kWp, enough to supply electricity to 380 households.
Sumitomo Corp. also announced in May it had launched a solar power project on Spain's Canary Islands with a projected output of 9,000 kWp.
The total cost is estimated at 8.5 billion yen and power generation will start later this year.
Meanwhile, Itochu Corp. acquired a 10-percent stake in Scatec Solar AS of Norway, which develops solar power generation facilities, for 1.3 billion yen in May.
It will build major solar parks in Germany, the Czech Republic and elsewhere with target sales set at 130,000 kilowatts per year by 2010.
Amid surging prices of crude oil and other resources, the fund--tentatively named Innovation Sozo Kiko--will invest mainly in solar power generation, wind power generation, fuel cells, and other new energy technologies and natural resources.
The government is aiming to prevent excessive outflows of national wealth to countries rich in natural resources, and to build a mid- and long-term base for future economic growth.
The government hopes these new policies will transform the economy into one that functions on drastically reduced resource consumption.
Initially, the government saw the fund as an entity to buy up dormant patents owned by companies and universities, aiming to use them to produce high-value-added goods across a wide range of industries.
But the government shifted to a policy that concentrates on certain specific purposes due to a recent surge in prices of various natural resources.
Among its practical investment targets, the government is considering a project to collect and pool technologies from major manufacturers, emerging companies, universities and other research institutes that can lead to the production of innovative fuel cell technologies.
In the solar power-generation field, the fund would help companies select and concentrate on promising business projects.