'Fukushima Airport Mega Solar' Begins Operation for Testing Solar Equipment (page 2)

2014/04/16 21:49
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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The mega solar plant consists of four facilities: (1) the 500kW "Northern Power Plant," where SunPower Corp's solar panels and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp's (TMEIC) PV inverters were installed, (2) 169kW "Solar Park," where panels of 30 companies based in and outside Japan, six types of mounting systems and Tabuchi Electric Co Ltd's PV inverters were set up, (3) four sun-tracking solar power generation systems (22.5kW) manufactured by Fujipream Corp and (4) 501kW "Southern Power Plant."

For the verification of solar power generation equipment, the Solar Park will be mainly used. The 30 panel manufacturers are based in Japan, China, the US, South Korea, Canada, Germany, India, Norway and Spain. The panels include crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon and CIS-based solar panel products. And the mounting systems include (1) San-Ei Corp's aluminum mounting system for "Ground Screw" foundations, (2) AGC Matex Co Ltd's mounting system capable of changing tilt angle and FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic) mounting system and (3) Okuji-Kensan Co Ltd's wooden mounting system.

Fukushima Hatsuden will conduct the verification test in cooperation with the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA) of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Specifically, the company will compare the properties of the 30 types of solar panels, make researches on "solar cell best suited for the region," "mounting system and construction method according with installation requirements" and "maintenance system for maximizing business income" and provide acquired know-how to local businesses.