ABB helps harness solar energy in the land of the rising sun

2013-06-19 - ABB has successfully commissioned the 2.6 megawatt “Eneone Solar Park Yorii” (Mikayama Mega Solar 2,62 MWdc) – a new solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Saitama prefecture on the outskirts of Tokyo. The project was executed for Saisan K.K. with Sinwa Energy as the advisor.

By ABB Communications



In addition to the design and engineering, ABB was also responsible for the supply of key products and systems including the control and protection as well a range of medium- and low-voltage switchgear, inverters and distribution transformers. ABB’s ability to fulfill the requirements of the higher-voltage system (DC 1,000V), which complies with IEC standards, was also a key differentiator.

“We are delighted to contribute to Japan’s efforts to redress its energy mix,” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Power Generation business, part of the company’s Power Systems division. “ABB’s vast power and automation portfolio, combined with domain expertise and global experience in the photovoltaic solar plant sector, enables us to provide an integrated and optimized solution that helps harness the maximum amount of energy and lower environmental impact.”

In the wake of its recent nuclear experience, Japan is making a concerted effort to increase the share of renewable energy in its mix. One initiative is a feed-in-tariff policy to facilitate solar energy deployment, which could make the country one of the world's fastest-growing users of solar energy.

Japan's total solar capacity – 7.4 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2012 – is expected to almost double, according to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. This could make Japan the second-fastest growing solar market behind China and bring it into the leader league in terms of total installed capacity along with Germany and Italy. A gigawatt can power an average of 250,000 homes for a year.

ABB has a diverse portfolio of power and automation solutions for the entire solar power value chain with systems installed in more than 70 PV power plants worldwide, totaling more than 700 MW operating reliably in demanding conditions.


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