Japan: An Innovative Nation’s Commitment In The Clean Energy Realm
Renewable energy is an enormous market, especially solar power. The PV systems are being used more often around the world to meet power needs in an eco-friendly manner.
Japan was an early pioneer of solar energy generation due to their long developed technology and manufacturing industry. By constantly innovating they have established themselves as a top manufacturer of photovoltaic cells.
According to the International Energy Agency, the Government revised its solar photovoltaic targets in 2009 as:
• Reach 28GW of power generated through PV cells by 2020.
• Reach 53 GW by 2030.
• Ten percent of the primary energy requirement satisfied with PV cells by 2050.
The 2020 target was reached by 2014 and the 2030 target was exceeded in 2018. They are always looking for ways to keep increasing these numbers to be more sustainable.
In 2002, Sanyo Electric constructed the world’s largest solar building called the ‘Solar Arc’ and won numerous awards. The building is in the shape of an arc and generates solar photovoltaic power and provides activities to further better the admiration towards solar energy.
It is not only a solar laboratory but also a museum of solar power artifacts and is located in the geographic center of Japan. This would benefit both science and ecology.
The ‘Fukushima nuclear accident’ was the turning point that intensified the government’s interest in shifting away from nuclear power-dependent energy. With this, three solar plants were built by TEPCO in the years 2011 and 2012. They are referred to as Ukishima Solar Power Plant, Ogishima Power Plant, and the Komekurayama Power Plant.
The World Economic Forum mentioned that the Japanese found an innovative solution to save their limited land available for agriculture and housing. They were the first country ever to build a floating solar plant (in central Honshu).
Numerous of their interior lakes and other water bodies contain seventy-three of the biggest floating solar plants in the world and accounts for 246 megawatts of solar power generation.
In addition to the above endeavors, universities from Japan and Algeria are coming up with a groundbreaking idea to use deserts such as the Sahara as solar farms to generate energy.
They plan to use the sunlight and sand available here to construct silicon-based solar power plants. The main objective of this is to use these deserts to power half the world by 2050.
This type of innovative thinking is assisting to reduce the harmful environmental effects and helps move towards a more eco-friendly world, in the years to come.
There have been many cultural ties between Japan and India for a long time. According to the Economic Times, private Japanese groups such the SoftBank along with a Chinese company (GCL System Integration Technology) have invested largely on solar parks to be constructed in India.
They believe in the potential of the Indian market in terms of solar energy and are supporting India’s initiatives to shift to renewable sources. It is truly inspiring to see other leading solar energy generating countries such as Japan and China supporting India. There is no doubt that India has the potential to lead the solar energy market over the next few years.
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