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Shintec Hozumi Installs Kyocera's Solar-Powered Recharging Station for Disaster Prevention
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April 16, 2014

Shintec Hozumi Installs Kyocera's Solar-Powered Recharging Station for Disaster Prevention

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor

Kyocera (News - Alert) Corporation, a provider of solar power generating systems in Japan, has announced the installation of its solar-powered recharging station for electric vehicles (EV), called as “Solar Cycle Station for EV,” at Shintec Hozumi Co., Ltd. for disaster prevention.

Shintec Hozumi is an automotive and electrical product company. It deployed Kyocera’s “Solar Cycle Station for EV” to secure backup power for disaster prevention planning.

The “Solar Cycle Station for EV” system was designed by Kyocera’s wholly owned subsidiary Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (KCCS).

KCCS designed and constructed it as an initiative for efficient use of clean energy. The system is an environmentally friendly solar-powered recharging station that can not only provide solar-generated-electric energy to charge electric/hybrid vehicles, but can also route electricity from the cars’ batteries back to the building when needed during an emergency.

This system was originally launched for electric-assisted bicycles in 2010, which utilized the company’s high performance solar modules. However, in 2012, the company started supplying the Solar Cycle Station for EV, which is designed to power electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

According to sources, Kyocera’s “Solar Cycle Station for EV” for disaster prevention, was installed at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, as part of development plan made for Shintec Hozumi.

Shintec Hozumi installed a 230kW Kyocera solar power generating system on the rooftop of its headquarters to provide clean energy for the building, protect the environment and save electricity costs.

Kyocera has been actively producing solar power generating systems for some time. Apart from installing solar-powered recharging systems, it successfully launched a 70-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Southern Japan, last year.

These announcements by Kyocera signify that the company has been catering to increased demand of solar powered systems in Japan.

The increased demand of renewable sources of energy systems, including solar powered systems, in Japan, is due to the aftermath of Great East Japan earthquake in 2011. In one of the analysis reports published last year titled “ Asia Report: Revisiting Japan's Solar Demand, and Nuclear Comeback” cited that Japan's solar market continues to race ahead and the domestic solar demand is surging.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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