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Power Production & Storage Systems in the Spotlight
2017/04/27
-- Smart Energy Week 2017
The general energy exposition Smart Energy Week 2017 was held for three days from March 1 to 3 at Tokyo Big Sight convention center. This year’s exhibition attracted 1,570 exhibitors from 31 countries and a total of 62,426 visitors during the three-day event. The main exhibits at the ex-position included power storage and management systems and technologies for utilizing various types of renewable energy such as solar, hydrogen, wind power, and biomass. Also, at the Next-generation Thermal Power Generation Expo that was added on this year, a variety of high efficiency product and systems intended to realize the low carbon society were unveiled.
 
Reflecting increasing interest in electric power shortages and eco-friendly trends, the exhibition of solar panels stood out as an electric power creation system. Other outstanding exhibits included storage batteries that can store cheap late-night electricity, allowing the stored power to be used in the daytime when the price of electricity is high, and are therefore friendly to the family budget, or can serve as a power source in an emergency. In the industry, the ‘Year 2019 Issue’ of photovoltaic (PV) power generation systems is a hot topic. In November 2009, the Excess Electricity Purchasing Scheme for PV power was started in Japan. The Scheme’s purchasing period was established for ten years. For the families who came on board at that time, the purchasing period will end soon. Although speculation is occurring, it is anticipated that, if it becomes impossible for users to sell their electricity, they will use up the stored electricity within their homes. If so, demand for home-use storage batteries will increase further. This is one of the industry’s forecasts.
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