Renewable Energy Promotion Project
The Fukushima Revitalization Plan has as a basic philosophy the "creation of a society that is safe and secure, and can continue to develop without depending on nuclear power." This includes positioning "renewable energy promotion" as an impor tant project towards this reconstruction.
The "Fukushima Renewable Energy Promotion Vision" has set a target of "having 100% of Fukushima's demand for energy being met with renewable energy by around 2040."
For this, the project aims to expand the introduction of renewable energy, as well as to accelerate the accumulation of related industries, thus becoming a "leading region" for renewable energy.
To promote the participation of Fukushima companies in renewable energy, this provides support for research into technical and product development.
Business Support System through Collaboration among Industry, Academia, and Government
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) received from the government the "East Japan Disaster Recovery Basic Policy," and in April 2014 established the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute in Koriyama.
Together with multiple companies, this institute actively develops new technologies to maximize the adoption of renewable energy, and works in cooperation with universities in joint research in order to train human resources.
Also, in April 2016, it will open a world-class facility for both testing and evaluation, as well as R&D for advanced power electronics products such as large-scale power conditioners, and by aiming for rapid international standardization of the research results, support international certification of products.
Outline of research
- Development and demonstration of a renewable energy network
- Hydrogen carrier production and usage technologies
- High-performance wind turbine component and assessment technologies
- Thin-film silicon photovoltaic module technologies
- Echnologies for appropriate usage of geothermal heat
- Geothermal heat potential evaluation and system optimization technologies
Seeds Support Program
Since 2013, the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute has been providing technical support towards the commercialization of technologies and know-how relating to renewable energy, and that has been developed by businesses (also including new businesses) within Fukushima Prefecture which bore the brunt of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Total 62 companies (2013: 6, 2014:20, 2015:20, 2016:16)
Nippon Kasei Chemical Co., Ltd., Kureha Chemical Industries, Sanno Co., Ltd., Nippon Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd., Anest Iwata Corporation, Nippon Koei Co., Ltd., Asaka Riken Co., Ltd., etc.
Revival of Fukushima ̶ Renewable Energy Industrial Fair (REIF Fukushima)
Revival of Fukushima ̶ Renewable Energy Industrial Fair (REIF Fukushima) is a single-location exhibition showcasing the latest technologies and products in renewable energy-related industries.
This grows in scale every year, and has become a major event for the prefecture.
Memorandum of cooperation with leading overseas regions
This has also signed a memorandum of cooperation with Germany's state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a leader in renewable energy, as well as with the Embassy of Denmark, and features seminars and business matching with the aim of putting Fukushima at the forefront of renewable energy.
In February 2014, Fukushima Prefecture signed a memorandum of cooperation regarding renewable energy with the Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest applied research organization.
Exhibition at E-world Energy & Water
Enterprises within Fukushima and the prefectural government have cooperated in exhibiting at E-world Energy & Water, Europe's largest energy-related international trade fair held in Germany. This provides assistance in cultivating markets overseas for technologies and products originating from companies within the prefecture, and covers the field of renewable energy.