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Toshiba bags Tokyo Electric solar contract

Posted: 15 Dec 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photovoltaic? Tokyo solar project? power plant?

Toshiba Corp. has won a contract to develop a solar power generation project for Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. Toshiba's systems will be installed in a solar power plant in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture. The plant will have a capacity of approximately 7MW. The contract is the second that Toshiba has secured for a multi-MW photovoltaic project, and follows the award for equipment for a 7.5MW capacity PV project at the Taketoyo Thermal Power Station in Taketoyo, Aichi prefecture, announced in August.

Provisionally called the Ukishima Solar Power Plant, the facility is located in the Waterfront District in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture. The annual capacity of plant will be about 7.4 million kilowatt hours, enough electricity to supply approximately 2,000 households. The plant will be the first solar power generator operated by TEPCO and is scheduled to start operation in fiscal year 2011.

Toshiba was selected as prime contractor for development of the plant, and will be responsible for all engineering work prior to the start of construction, procurement of major equipment and components, and plant construction. The variable output of the PV cells will be converted to clean AC by integrated power conditioners developed by Toshiba Group. Their conversion efficiency of 97.5 percent places them in the world's highest class of power conditioners. The plant will also be equipped with solar panels from Sharp Corp. that feature polycrystalline PV modules.

Driven by a growing awareness of the need to counteract global warming, the global solar PV systems market for utilities and industrial plants is expected to reach $24.67 million in fiscal year 2015. In this market environment, Toshiba made its full-scale entry into the solar PV systems business on January 1, when its Transmission Distribution & Industrial Systems Company established the PV Systems Division as one its measures to accelerate expansion of the PV system business. This in-house company is charged with drawing on its extensive experience in system integration, particularly in system technology for high efficiency PV inverters and microgrids and in deploying large plant system engineering capabilities, to promote the growth of the PV systems business.

Toshiba Group will aim to secure further contracts for multi-MW PV projects and to achieve a rapid expansion of the business, both in Japan and overseas, by focusing on renewable energy and energy-saving products and technologies.

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