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Microgrids in Japan

Microgrids in Japan

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This chapter aims to present to the reader an overview of the current status of the Japanese clean energy technology, in perspective with the current Japanese Energy Policy, putting emphasis on MGs in the country and its interrelation with, and its role within the whole energy sector in Japan. The main current trends, reflected in the new revised Japanese energy policy following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, including the pilot projects in the country or carried out by Japanese companies and institutions abroad, are addressed in this chapter. The roles and characteristics of MGs can be better appreciated from the perspective of a country with strict requirements for energy reliability due to its risky location regarding natural disasters and demanding geography. It is expected that from this chapter the reader can appreciate how largely Japanese clean energy sector has changed and is now evolving in order to establish a future energy mix to achieve the targets of CO2 emission reduction, enhanced energy security and a sustainable energy generation.

Chapter Contents:

  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.1.1 Overview
  • 7.1.2 Chapter's aim and scope
  • 7.1.3 Status before the Fukushima nuclear accident
  • 7.1.4 Impact of Fukushima nuclear accident on microgrid development
  • 7.1.5 Author's personal experience
  • 7.2 Current Japan energy policy
  • 7.2.1 The Japanese energy sector
  • 7.2.2 The Japanese electricity sector
  • 7.2.3 New policy following the Fukushima nuclear accident
  • 7.3 Pilot projects in Japan and abroad
  • 7.3.1 Earliest microgrid projects
  • 7.3.1.1 The Hachinoe Project
  • 7.3.1.2 The Aichi Project
  • 7.3.1.3 The Kyotango Project
  • 7.3.1.4 The Sendai Project
  • 7.3.2 Smart community projects
  • 7.3.2.1 The Toyota Project
  • 7.3.2.2 The Yokohama Project
  • 7.3.2.3 The Kyoto Keihanna Project
  • 7.3.2.4 The Kitakyushu project
  • 7.3.2.5 The Kashiwa-no-ha Project
  • 7.3.2.6 The Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project
  • 7.3.2.7 The Higashi Matsushima Eco Town Project
  • 7.3.3 International projects
  • References

Inspec keywords: power generation reliability; energy security; distributed power generation; government policies; air pollution control; environmental economics; disasters; power distribution reliability

Other keywords: sustainable energy generation; energy reliability; natural disasters; carbon dioxide emission reduction; microgrids; risky location; clean energy sector; Japanese energy policy; Japanese clean energy technology; demanding geography; CO2; energy security; Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident

Subjects: Pollution detection and control; Distributed power generation; Reliability; Energy and environmental policy, economics and legislation

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