Introduction—Energy of the Future
Energy is necessary for daily survival. Future development crucially depends on its long-term availability in increasing quantities from sources that are dependable and safe. At present, no single source or mix of sources meets this requirement.
Past and Future of the energy sector
Prof. Nobuo Tanaka is one of the world’s foremost energy experts. He was the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency and Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan. He is a distinguished fellow of the IEEJ and visiting professor of the University of Tokyo, and the chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed with Prof. Nobuo Tanaka to get an insight of the energy sector globally and domestically.
PROINSO Japan— The Future of Solar Energy in Japan
Solar energy is no new market in Japan and has been expanding since the late 1990s and is the second world largest market for solar PV growth in 2013 and 2014.
Despite an acute lack of land available to grow this market, the solar energy market still is a promising one. JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed Mr. Makoto IJUIN, Managing Director of PROINSO Japan, to discuss solar energy from a global perspective and what the future holds for solar energy in Japan.
Japan to support TEPCO and Fukushima Reconstruction on a long-term
In Japan, advanced electric power generation and transmission technologies developed by electric power companies and manufacturers, have allowed us to build the technical capacity to facilitate stable provision of electricity to a world-leading standard. Specifically, we built the third greatest number of nuclear power plants in the world after the United States and France, and these plants have supported the industrial development of Japan, a country with few natural resources.
Renewable wind energy projects in Japan
In Japan’s electricity sector, wind power generates a small but increasing proportion of the country’s electricity, as the installed capacity has been growing in recent years. The government has drafted a plan to boost wind power to 1.7% of the nation’s energy mix by 2030.