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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)


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Aiming for a Next-Generation Electric Energy Society

Announcing cutting-edge research symposium of Research Institute for Science and Engineering

28 electric energy related corporations including Waseda University (led by Tokyo University)have been selected as participants in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Resource Energy Department's "2010 Next Generation Electric Transmission Supply System Optimum Control Technology Corroboration Enterprise" (Corroboration Enterprise). For three years from 2010 to 2012, the aim of the corroboration enterprise will be to solve problems to allow the mass introduction of reusable energy into power systems while maintaining system stability.

The participating universities, businesses and power companies will cooperate in corroborating highly reliable, high quality low-carbon supply systems through total regulation and cooperation to form a single generation, transmission and supply system from large power sources to households. Furthermore, the government has labeled this system as indispensable in reaching its aim of generating 28million kW of solar energy by 2020. Work will involve establishing technology and creating machinery to be used by the systems and meet demand while solving rises in transmission voltage and power surpluses.