The Japanese market for electricity from renewable sources
Neue Chancen auf dem japanischen Markt - The Japanese market for electricity from renewable sources
On 16 October 2012 the information event with the title "The Japanese market for electricity generation from renewable sources" was held at the Hanover Chamber of Commerce as part of the Renewable Energy Export Initiative of the BMWi.
The event dealt with the current situation and developments in Japan. It thereby gave new insights into photovoltaic, wind energy, biomass and geothermal energy and provided the participants with information on the Japanese economy, as well as some advice for a possible market entry.
Japan has a large potential for renewable energy production. PV was previously used in a large scale, while wind and geothermal energy were used only in a small scale. The feed-in tariffs that came into effect on 1 July 2012 are to promote renewable energies. The installation of such plants for private users and the industry is promoted with the world's highest tariffs. For example, a PV system up to 10 kW is subsidized with 40.6 yen / kWh (equivalent to currently € 39.4 ct / kWh) contrary to Germany with 19.5 € ct / kWh. Growth rates in the PV as well as planning in the field of wind energy in Japan show in the last three months the boom for renewable energy and thus also the resulting opportunities for German companies.
However, there are obstacles. There is indeed a right to supply the produced from renewable energy sources. But each network operator - in Japan equivalent to the electricity suppliers - is only obliged to feed the power when its network can also handle the capacity at that point. Requirement for feed-in is always that the amount of electricity that need to be fed in, is consistent with the so-called "grid-code". In addition, it is important to consider the necessary equipment certifications.
Dr. Rolf Fobker
The event was conducted on behalf of the ACFA, the Renewable Energy Export Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi):