Japan Moves Toward Microgrids and Distributed Power Generation

Japan Moves Toward Microgrids and Distributed Power Generation

To increase resiliency, Japanese cities are quietly moving away from large-scale power toward microgrids, distributed generation, and smart energy systems, Reuters reports. The switch is being led by Higashi-Matsushima, a coastal city of nearly 40,000 in Miyagi Prefecture that was hit by the 2011 earthquake … Read more…

Community Resilience Microgrid Market to Reach $1.4B by 2024

Community Resilience Microgrid Market to Reach $1.4B by 2024

The community resilience microgrid (CRM) market is projected to reach $1.4 billion by 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Trying to separate CRMs from community microgrids or utility distribution microgrids (UDMs), as well as from the larger universe of microgrids in general, … Read more…

‘Disaster-Proof’ Factory Features GE Products

‘Disaster-Proof’ Factory Features GE Products

GE Japan is participating in the “Future Disaster-Proof Factory Plan,” a disaster preparedness project being undertaken by Sekisui House’s Tohoku Factory. The Sekisui House facility is designed to be eco-friendly during normal times, durable during disasters and safe and secure for local communities and companies. … Read more…

World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant to be Developed in Japan

World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant to be Developed in Japan

Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation have solidified plans to develop and operate a 13.4- MW floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir. The plant will become the largest floating solar installation in the world in terms of output. Aiming to reduce … Read more…

US Solar Patents Outpace Fuel Cells for First Time

US Solar Patents Outpace Fuel Cells for First Time

The second quarter of 2013 saw US solar patents outnumber fuel cell patents for the first time, according to research by Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti. The number of solar patents jumped 29 to 246 relative to the first quarter and were up 35 compared to … Read more…

Solar/Energy Storage Market to Reach $2.8 Billion by 2018

Solar/Energy Storage Market to Reach $2.8 Billion by 2018

The concept of combining solar power with energy storage technology has caught on, but is still deployed only in niche applications. However, a Lux Research report says that while the market continues to be small, it will grow at a “torrid” pace and reach $2.8 … Read more…

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