|[September 19, 2012]
KYOCERA Implements Renewable Energy Technology in Launch of U.S.-Japan Smart-Grid
KYOTO, Japan --(Business Wire)--
Kyocera (News - Alert) Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971), the New Energy and
Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan and a
number of other companies, research institutes and local governments
involved announced the start of operations of a state-of-the-art,
international smart-grid demonstration project in Los Alamos, New Mexico
The project is a collaborative effort between NEDO, the New Mexico state
government, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, and the Los
Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) - a national research center which is
run under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Energy. It aims for the
wider implementation of renewable energy and the promotion of energy
conservation through the use of smart grid-related technologies.
Specifically, technologies that can provide a significant portion of
renewable power for the electric grid to meet a community's residential
need. Data collection and analysis is set to run until March 2014, at
which time opportunities will then be provided for other companies and
institutions to utilize the resources to conduct further academic
research and product testing.
On September 17, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the launch
of the project which was attended by New Mexico Governor Susana
Martinez, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, LANL
Director Dr. Charles McMillan, Kyocera Vice President Tatsumi Maeda and
a number of other prominent public and private sector figures.
Overview of the Project
The project is located at three sites in Los Alamos and Albuquerque, of
which Kyocera is participating in two: the Smart-Grid Demonstration and
the Smart House Demonstration in Los Alamos. Furthermore, Kyocera will
be commissioned to lead the Evaluation of Distributed Energy Resource
(Photovoltaics, etc.) within the Collective Research portion of the
The Smart-Grid Demonstration in Los Alamos consists of a power supply
micro-grid which uses power distribution lines from a large-scale solar
power plant to utilize related technologies and performance, and to
minimize the effects of power output fluctuations. Kyocerasupplied a
910kW multicrystalline silicon solar module array*1.
Furthermore, as the site of the solar power plant will be built over a
reclaimed waste disposal landfill, Kyocera applied its expertise in
selecting and installing base mounting optimized for dynamic soil
For the Smart House Demonstration in Los Alamos, Kyocera constructed a
hybrid energy management system which uses a 3.4kW residential solar
power generating system, 24kWh lithium-ion storage battery and an
energy-efficient heat storage unit. By operating a Home Energy
Management System (HEMS) equipped with communication equipment and
sensors, the Smart House helps to optimize energy usage from the solar
power generating system, storage battery, power grid and smart
appliances that allow for electric demand in the house to be responsive
to smart grid signals.
"In this project, we will demonstrate how a smart house can play an
important role from the demand side in a smart grid, where renewable
energy such as solar power will be significantly implemented in the
future," stated Kyocera Corporation Vice President and General Manager
of the company's Solar Energy Group, Tatsumi Maeda, during a speech at
the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This smart house project was established
to demonstrate the next generation of energy management by using the
Kyocera has been developing its solar energy business and supplying
solar power products across the globe since 1975. Since then, the
company has shipped roughly 3GW of solar modules, which is the
equivalent of supplying a solar power generating system to roughly
900,000 homes*2. Born out of the company's many years of
experience in the renewable energy industry, Kyocera's high-quality,
highly reliable products and technological knowhow will be utilized to
help contribute to the success of this smart-grid project.
*1 The full solar power generating system is 1MW; the
remaining 90kW is comprised of 9 other 10kW systems in order to compare
the performance of different types of solar modules.
Based on a 3.4kW per household solar power generating system.
To learn more about Kyocera Solar Energy Solutions: http://global.kyocera.com/reliability/
Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/),
the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in
1959 as a producer of fine
ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these
engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with
other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power
generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers,
electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and
industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's
net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The
company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000"
listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
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