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6 March: Photovoltaics: EU-Japan Science Policy Seminar

EU News 111/2013

4 March 2013

“The Economics of Solar Power - How can PV contribute best to Business, Energy Production and Growth?"

An EU-Japan Science Policy Seminar organised by the EU Delegation to Japan, the European Business Council (EBC) in Japan and the NextPV International Joint Laboratory, CNRS & Tokyo University

With the decision of a feed-in-tariff (FIT) for solar energy at the cost of 42 Y/kWh Japan's government gave renewable energy in Japan a kick start. Households and companies are considering the suitability of PV for their individual economy. PV panels are hi-tech products the costs of which depend on the efficiency of the technology as well as on the manufacturing cost. In 2011 companies in Japan and in Europe came in to difficulties, as they had to compete with cheaper panels on the market. The EU launched a WTO anti dumping probe, China initiated proceedings for solar subsidies via FITs.

What are the economics behind PV nationally and internationally? What shares are due to technology efficiency? What are the economic needs when introducing PV in comparison to other technologies? Is the level of FIT in Japan supportive? What role can PV play in the energy mix?

Arnulf Jaeger Waldau of the EU Joint Research Centre, publisher of the Annual PV Report
Masafumi Yamaguchi of the Toyota Institute of Technology in Nagoya, Co-Chair of the EU NEDO project on PV will talk on the project and how to make PV technology more efficient
Keisuke Murakami, (tbc) METI Director, Director, Renewable Energy Promotion Office will give the perspective of METI's policies on renewable energy
Hisashi Hoshi of the Institute of Energy Economics will introduce the economics of PV

Delegation of the European Union to Japan
4-6-28 Minazmi Azabu, Tokyo

6 March 2013
10h - 12:30h
12:30 – 14h Sandwich Lunch and Networking

With EN/JP simultaneous translation
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