Japan

Forecasting solar power generation with 'deep photovoltaic nowcasting'
The 'deep photovoltaic nowcasting' task established by Chile's Institute of Engineering Sciences of the University of O'Higgins, Canada's Laval University and Japan's Kyoto University, seeks to make short-term, high-resolution forecasts of solar power generation.
Feb 4, 2020 // Technology, Japan, Canada, Chile, South america, Asia, North America, Rodrigo Verschae
New perovskite guarantees 38.7% effective tandem cells
Japanese researchers have recognized a perovskite material with a strong band edge gap and high stability which they say might offer 38.7% efficiency if utilized in the right tandem cell architecture.
Feb 4, 2020 // Technology, Japan, solar cells, Asia, perovskite
Auction winner: Interconnection constraints limiting big solar in Japan
Rising interconnection costs and constraints are impacting Japan’s ability to contract large-scale solar capacity, according to a project winner in the country’s latest PV auction.
Jan 29, 2020 // Markets & Finance News, Japan, FiT, utilities, Asia, auction, interconnection, METI, curtailment, energy transition, Constant Energy, ciel & terre international, franck constant, Eva Pauly
Japan awards just 39.8MW in fifth solar auction
Japan has awarded just 39.8MW of PV capacity in its fifth solar auction, despite there being more than 416MW initially on offer.
Jan 28, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, Japan, Asia, auction, tariff, METI
Japan’s fifth solar auction delivers final lowest price of $0.10/kWh
Only 39.8 MW of PV projects were allocated in the fifth round of Japan’s procurement program for large-scale solar. The lowest price offered was ¥10.99/kWh ($0.10) and the highest ¥13.0, for an average price of ¥12.57.
Jan 27, 2020 // Markets & Finance News, Japan, Asia
Japanese scientists study photosynthesis and Chl f for future solar application
A group of scientists from several Japanese research universities have found new information on where exactly the molecule of chlorophyl f is located and how it works. The research was conducted to better understand the photosynthesis process in order to be able to apply this knowledge practically, including solar industry.
Jan 23, 2020 // Technology, Japan, Asia, chlorophyl f
Panasonic creates superlight perovskite solar module with efficiency of 16%
The 3 millimeter thick module has an 802 sq cm area. The weight of the panel has been decreased via an ultrathin glass substrate, while conversion rate has been increased by an ink-jet coating technology.
Jan 22, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Japan, Panasonic, Asia, perovskite, MODULES & UPSTREAM MANUFACTURING, TECHNOLOGY
Toyota to develop ever driving solar car
Japanese Corporations Toyota Motor and Sharp collaborate with NEDO to make a brand new e-car powered by solar with no need for charging. Based on the most efficient solar panels, the developers are working to create a solar battery powerful enough to let a car drive forever.
Jan 16, 2020 // Transport, Japan, Toyota, NEDO, Asia
Half-cut modules from Sharp
The Japanese electronics giant has unveiled three monocrystalline half-cut cell modules said to provide 2-3% better performance than standard, full cell panels. The claimed efficiency of the modules exceeds 19.5% and Sharp says power output ranges from 330-395 W.
Jan 13, 2020 // Manufacturing News, Japan, Sharp, monocrystalline, Asia, PV module, PERC
Kyocera launches industry-first SemiSolid batteries
Kyocera is introducing an innovative SemiSolid cell architecture created by US’s battery company 24M. The Japan-based giant will initiate the product’s entrance to the market. The new solution considerably improves batt performance, at the same time enabling significant production savings.
Jan 8, 2020 // Storage, USA, Japan, Kyocera, Asia, North America
A CIGS perovskite tandem solar cell with potential for 27.5% efficiency
Lithuanian researchers claim to have dramatically improved the performance of a perovskite-based copper indium gallium selenide solar cell they developed with the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. The improved efficiency, they claim, was achieved thanks to one of the most recently developed monolayers used for experiments on the cell.
Jan 8, 2020 // Technology, Japan, Europe, Asia, solar cell, perovskite, Lithuania, CIGS, Kaunas
AEPPL to invest Rs37.15 billion in second phase of lithium battery plant
The joint venture between Japanese majors Toshiba, Denso and Suzuki will make the investment in the Gujarat plant over the 2021-25 period, having pumped Rs12.5 billion into the first phase of development.
Jan 7, 2020 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Japan, Lithium-ion batteries, India, Asia, AEPPL, Suzuki, Toshiba, Denso
Nano One Patents new Durable Cobalt-Free Battery Material
Nano One has been issued a Taiwanese patent relating to lithium nickel manganese oxide (LNMO) cathode material, that eliminates cobalt from the battery
Jan 6, 2020 // Technology, Storage, Japan, Canada, China, Asia, Korea, North America, Taiwan, EV, us, Battery Patent, Lithium ion, Nano One, Stephen Campbell
JRE Commission 44 MW Solar Energy Plant in Fukushima
JRE has commenced commercial operation of its 44 MW Nishinosato solar energy park in Fukushima
Jan 6, 2020 // Plants, Japan, Canadian Solar, Asia, Fukushima, JRE
Kansai Electric Power and Power Ledger extend cooperation
Japan’s electric utility KEPCO prolongs a trial project with Australia’s peer-to-peer energy trading company Power Ledger. The project is meant for tracking RECs and ptp trading power generated by solar plants.
Dec 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Japan, Australia, Asia, Oceania, KEPCO, Power Ledger