Greater energy efficiency is one of the most important policies of emerging countries that face the issue of electrical power shortages. More energy efficient equipment can thus be expected to be introduced very quickly in facilities that include street lighting, hospitals, schools, movie theaters, and large-scale commercial complexes.
We introduce Japan’s excellent technologies and products that are related to new energy sources and energy efficiency to governments, enterprises, and investors in emerging countries, and involve ourselves in ESCO business* with local partners.
* ESCO (Energy Service Company) business A business model in which a company takes measures enabling its client to reduce expenses—for example for lighting, heating, and water utilities—and receives compensation resulting from those reduced expenses.
We improve energy efficiency while making maximum use of existing facilities, and as a result guarantee energy saving benefits. During the project period we also cover all the technologies, equipment, and finance required in the energy saving operation concerned.
● Introduction of wind power/solar power systems
● Introduction of bio-mass systems
● Introduction of power storage systems
● Energy saving compressed air systems
● Energy saving lighting facilities
● Energy saving molding machines
● Energy saving via inverter control
● Energy saving air conditioning facilities
● Energy saving refrigerators
● Energy saving steam systems
● Energy saving heating/drying furnaces
Deployment strategy in emerging countries
Current ESCO operations in India are still focusing on early stage business models, for example the replacement of conventional light bulbs with LEDs. The availability of high-value-added technical services could therefore provide a significant boost to business.
However, some business providers can lack any real understanding of energy-saving technologies and thus provide an imbalanced service whose cost performance is extremely low. This occasionally results in the projected energy-saving benefits not being achieved, and thus in distrust between the ESCO and the client.
Furthermore, ESCO operations require substantial financing, thus making a meticulous estimate of the benefits vital in convincing financial institutions to provide it. Because of this we undertake high-value-added ESCO operations in India via use of Japan’s excellent energy-efficiency equipment and solutions, as well as combining our accurate estimation techniques of the energy-saving benefits with the financing required for ESCO operations.
In emerging countries such as India, a large number of villages have no access to national power grids. “Microgrids” can make use of solar and wind power to generate electricity and can therefore be more suitable to such villages than the connection of wide-area power grids. The India government is active in increasing the use of renewable energy* to reduce dependence on carbon energy and introduce eco-systems that are based on natural energy in a large number of public facilities, for example railroads. We can provide optimum energy systems (Microgrids) that will satisfy various needs, ranging from those of the low-income bracket through to public systems.
* [Targeted power generation capacity by year 2022] Solar: 100 GW (3.3 GW at the end of 2014), Wind: 60 GW (22 GW at the end of 2014)
DC microgrid systems for emerging countries
A DC microgrid is a dispersion-type power system in which homes are supplied with electrical power independent of the power utility system.
Energy supply sources—for example, solar power, wind power, and biomass power generators—are combined with power storage systems.
We can build low-cost DC microgrid systems through utilizing our general-purpose power converters.