During his keynote speech at the Embedded/IoT Technology conference here Wednesday, Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown open real-time operating system, blasted Japanese embedded systems designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
Sakamura, professor at the University of Tokyo, has always been an out-of-the-box thinker, provocative speaker and passionate proponent for next-generation computing architecture. He has spent most of his professional life developing TRON and promoting such concepts as pervasive or ubiquitous computing in Japan.
Source: Why Japan Hasn’t Led IoT | EE Times
Japan’s largest solar trade show closed its doors today with intelligent energy solutions emerging as one of the major trends. Trina Solar Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao spoke to pv magazine about the company’s position in the market and how Japan will be key to its roll out of smart energy and smart home solutions.
via PV Expo: Trina CEO says Japan key to “smart energy” rollout : pv-magazine.
Japan has over 750 GW of wind power potential: 168 GW for onshore wind energy and over 600 GW for offshore wind power.
Less than one percent of Japan’s energy is currently produced by wind power.
via Japan has over 750 GW of wind power potential | REVE.
A new experimental “smart town” based especially around the technologies of solar energy and battery storage is being developed in Japan by Panasonic Corporation (along with other public and private partners), based on recent reports.
The new 1000-household-strong town recently had its grand opening — with the first residents moving in earlier this year in the spring. But the community won’t be fully complete until around 2018 or so. The town is located just outside of the country’s major metropolitan center, Tokyo.
via Panasonic “Smart Town” In Japan Centered Around Solar Energy & Storage | CleanTechnica.
According to Symantec’s Asia Pacific and Japan security threat predictions, 2015 is likely to continue as a year of mega breach and severe vulnerabilities, with the struggle between those wishing to create new threats and exploit vulnerabilities and those looking to protect against them likely to intensify.
Advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) also means consumers will have increased connectivity across their devices, gadgets and machines – and with this connectivity comes the potential for a whole new range of security risks, the report said.
via Symantec predictions 2015: Smart homes the next big target?.
Oshawa Power and Panasonic Eco Solutions, together with select strategic technology partners including Tabuchi Electric Co. of Japan and with support from the City of Oshawa, recently kicked off an innovative solar PV and energy management pilot project in the City of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The project will involve the engineering and commissioning of approximately thirty turnkey residential rooftop solar PV systems that will be combined with energy storage and an energy management system. The combined system can provide up to 10kWh of standby energy, and can also be utilized as a source of backup power in the event of a grid power failure.
via New Energy Storage and Energy Management Project in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
The EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative was a seven-year international research program which studied many different aspects of grid modernization. It included 24 utilities from 6 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Japan and the United States.
The six-minute video describes important findings and results including…
via Smart Grid: Skim 7 years of smart grid progress in 6 minutes.
With 24,000 people claimed as missing or dead in the wake of Japan’s natural and nuclear disaster of 2011, the country was forced to reconsider its future energy road map, shifting toward a distributed production and storage module in place of its previous centralized, nuclear-based model. Under this new vision, the primary goal is to address the instability of electricity supply, which requires implementing energy demand peak-time cuts and peak-time shifting tactics through on-site energy generation and storage, as well as the increasingly popular concept of local energy self-sufficiency.
via Japan’s 30 Billion Yen Bet On Energy Storage [Tesla Motors Inc, SAMSUNG ELECT LTD(F), Panasonic Corporation (ADR), Kyocera Corporation (ADR), NEC CORP] – Seeking Alpha.
Itron, Inc. and the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation have announced that they are partnering to deliver smart meters in Japan.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, or MELCO, has selected Itron’s smart grid software for a major smart metering project with Chubu Electric Power Company, Japan’s third largest electric utility.
via Smart grid project in Japan to use Itron software.