market research report on Japan’s renewable energy sector

Japan’s hydropower, solar, wind, geo-thermal, biomass electricity markets

Version 9 of July 8, 2014
pdf-file, approx. 219 pages, 102 Figures, 33 tables, 1.9 Mbyte

Lead author: Gerhard Fasol, works since 1984 with Japan’s high-tech industries.

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Japan biomass electricity generation is booming: installed plus approved bio-mass generation capacity in Japan approaches 4 GigaWatt
Japan biomass electricity generation is booming: installed plus approved bio-mass generation capacity in Japan approaches 4 GigaWatt

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Summary: Renewable Energy Japan market research report

This report reviews renewable electrical power in Japan: Renewable power – except for hydropower – in Japan is substantially lower than in most other advanced countries. However, Japan's potential for renewable energy is very high, especially wind and geo-thermal power. Necessary liberalization of Japan's electricity markets is in preparation, and we will see a rapid development of renewable energy. Currently, Japan is one of the world’s most active solar energy markets. The current edition is updated to include approvals under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) program up and including data up to May 2013 (which were released in August 2013)

Table of Contents – Renewable Energy Japan market research report:

  • Renewable energy in Japan
  • Executive Summary: Renewable energy Japan
  • Japan’s renewable energy situation, table and overview
  • Japan’s national energy strategy plan: “Innovative Energy and Environmental Strategy” released by Japan’s Cabinet on September 14, 2012
  • 2. Implementing the green energy revolution
  • 2.1 Reduce electricity/energy consumption, targets and reduction targets
  • 2.2 Renewable energy: large scale introduction, renewable energy targets (image)
  • 3. Guaranteeing a stable energy supply
  • Electricity cogeneration development
  • 4. Electrical power system reform
  • 5. Realization of global warming counter measures
  • Cabinet decision of Sept 19, 2012
  • Japan's primary energy supply and self-sufficiency
  • Primary energy statistics, including renewable statistics
  • Electricity generation – installed capacity:
  • generation capacity, including scenario for introduction of renewable energy until 2030 electricity generated
  • Japan’s renewable electricity generation capacity, in GigaWatt, and as percentage of total generation capacity
  • effect of the Fukushima disaster
  • Government scenario for renewable energy: generated power to 2030
  • Japan’s generated power: renewable power in TeraWatt hour/year (1970 – 2011)
  • Renewable electric power as a percentage of total generated power (1970-2011), and projections to 2030
  • Renewable electric power: including wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass data for Jan 2007 – May 2013, monthly data, in TeraWatt hour/month and as percentage of total
  • Japan's present electrical architecture
  • The 10 regional electrical power companies and J-Power
  • Generation capacity by type (water, fossil, nuclear, new energy etc)
  • New renewable energy (non-hydro) for each of 10 regional electricity operators
  • J-Power
  • The grid
  • The 50Hz/60Hz issue
  • JEPX – Japan Electrical Power Exchange Tokyo
  • Impact of the Fukushima disaster
  • Renewable energy
  • Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) for renewable energy
  • Legal basis and background for feed-in tariffs (FIT)
  • Feed-in tariffs for July 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013
  • Feed-in tariffs for April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014
  • Application statistics under the FIT program for wind, solar, geo-thermal and bio-mass – latest data released in August 2013
  • Applications approved for July 2012 – May 2013 and compared to pre-July 2012 renewable power
  • Power plants connected to the grid and put online for July 2012 – May 2013 and compared to pre-July 2012 renewable power
  • Water power:
  • Water power development history in Japan
  • water power capacity in Japan: developed, in construction, undeveloped
  • Total potential, number of sites, power generation capacity, generation capacity per site, maxium annual generation
  • water power generation statistics since 1970, annually
  • water power generation statistics since 2006, monthly
  • project approvals and statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • plants connected to the grid and put online statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • Geo-Thermal energy
  • Electricity generation capacity: developed vs undeveloped
  • Types of geo-thermal sites: in nature parks, special protection areas, outside nature parks
  • Global comparison of geo-thermal generation potential and installed capacity, ratio of development
  • Japan’s geo-thermal power plants
  • Installed geo-thermal capacity: 1970 – 2011
  • Generated electricity from geo-thermal sources
  • project approvals and statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • plants connected to grid and put online statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • Solar Energy
  • solar irradiation map
  • installed solar capacity before July 1, 2012
  • approved solar capacity from introduction of feed-tariffes in July 2012
  • solar electricity generation: absolute, and as percentage of total electricity generation: 2006 – January 2013
  • mega solar plants installed and planned
  • solar system costs 1990-2008
  • solar panel shipment statistics
  • Mega-solar energy companies
  • project approvals and statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • plants connected to the grid and put online statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • Wind power
  • installed wind-power capacitiy, comparing different countries
  • wind power capacity installed in Japan: 2002 – 2013
  • wind power pre-July 2012, and approved wind projects under the feed-in tariff program monthly July 2012 – May 2013
  • Japan’s generated wind power, monthly data in Terawatt hours/month and as percentage of total electricity generation for 2006 – 2013
  • Japan’s wind power potential for different scenarios
  • on-shore wind power, off-shore wind power fixed, off-shore wind power floating
  • wind power development scenario to 2050
  • off-shore wind map
  • description of selected wind power projects
  • description of selected wind power operating companies
  • project approvals and statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • plants connected to the grid and put online statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • Bio-mass development
  • installed bio-mass generation capacity: per-July 2012, and monthly data for bio-mass projects approved under the feed-in tariff program from July 2012
  • project approvals and statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • plants connected to the grid and put online statistics under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) law until May 31, 2013
  • Marine renewable power resources
  • Comparison of different marine power sources, including quantitive estimations
  • osmotic power development
  • Renewable energy investment funds
  • Glossary
  • Summary

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Methodology

We produce market research on Japan’s technology markets since 1996. We use the following methods:

  • Desk research: public domain data, internet resources
  • Official data from Government sources, Government white papers, public domain Government data bases, industry associations, and other trade organizations
  • Data from Annual reports and other public disclosures by companies
  • “Gray literature”: materials distributed at trade shows, conferences, workshops
  • Public presentations, lectures, keynote talks, Press conferences
  • Trade shows and events. We regularly visit a large number of trade shows and industry events, mainly in the Tokyo, Osaka areas, but also in US and Europe.
  • Interviews, discussions at trade shows, and other industry events
  • Cross checking and cross validation of data from different sources.
  • Analysis using sophisticated, research grade mathematical and statistical software, and proprietary analysis software developed by Eurotechnology Japan KK.
  • Our proprietary data base of industry data, photographs, and information collected since our company foundation in 1996/1997 mainly covering Japan’s electronics, telecommunications and energy industries.
  • Our research and analysis staff is mainly PhD level and highly trained and experienced.

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