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Support for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake
 Case study: Minamisoma
Minamisoma Solar Agripark

Current project status

Operating agricultural factory using solar energy Completed in March 2013, Minamisoma Solar 
Agri-Park project is a model of regional recycling that combines a photovoltaic power station and agricultural factory with hands-on learning experiences. Fukushima Reconstruction Solar and Agriculture Experience Association launched the Green Academy, which is a program for learning through practical experience that makes use of photovoltaic power generation and the plant factory in the park. Toshiba supported this project through investments and other means as well as cooperated in the construction of the photovoltaic power station.

Experimental device for photovoltaic power generation
Experimental device for
photovoltaic power
generation
Shipping lettuce
Shipping lettuce
Electric vehicle
Electric vehicle
Plant factory (vegetables)
Plant factory (vegetables)

Children witnessing a round of inspections at the photovoltaic power station Children witnessing a round of inspections at the photovoltaic power station

Cross-industry initiative for reconstruction and children's education

Students, primarily those from Minamisoma’s municipal elementary schools, attend the Green Academy. In addition to learning about topics such as power generation systems that use natural energy and storage of electricity for electric vehicles, they experience the most advanced forms of agriculture at plant factories that use natural energy—an opportunity that encourages them to begin thinking about the future of agriculture.

Note:

Production at and operation of the Green Academy are supported by KCJ Group Inc., which runs KidZania, a facility that provides children with the opportunity to experience various aspects of society.

Pioneer in renewable energy

This photovoltaic power station is being built by Fukushima Reconstruction Solar Co. using its own capital and a subsidy from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (for urgent projects to promote use of local resources in agricultural villages via small-scale implementation of hydropower, etc.) The station will send electricity to plant factories to locally produce vegetables for local consumption and sell excess electricity through the feed-in tariff system.

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Future development

Continuing to support the reconstruction of affected areas
In April 2012, Toshiba formulated the “Toshiba East Japan ASHITA (Future) Plan,”  a reconstruction support program aimed primarily at helping affected local communities to re-establish their economic independence. Support for the development of future generations is one of the central pillars of this plan. In the future, the company will continue to support Tohoku’s reconstruction in manners best suited to the situations of the affected areas.

Aiming to provide support as a sustainable project

akeshi Yokota Corporate Vice President Toshiba Corporation
Takeshi Yokota
Corporate Vice President
Toshiba Corporation

Since immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Toshiba has provided support by offering its products and relief supplies. About six months after the disaster, while considering what kind of support to provide in the mid- to long-term, we received a proposal for this project (the Green Academy), which links children’s education to renewable energy use.
This project, which familiarizes children with photovoltaic power generation, is a perfect candidate for Toshiba’s support, and further is a wonderful project that opens up young people’s eyes to science and therefore we have decided to invest 100 million yen to this project.
As for what we can do to make the most of our strengths in the future, we believe that we can contribute to the education of future generations through our technologies. In particular, the Green Academy concept is excellent because it covers all stages, from the education of elementary school children through to research carried out by university students. Toshiba will continue to support this project by providing its technologies and know-how.

Comments

We sincerely hope that Toshiba will support us in making the most of its technology.

Eiju Hangai Representative Director Fukushima Solar Inc.
Eiju Hangai
Representative Director
Fukushima Reconstruction Solar Co.

From a very early stage in our planning, Toshiba decided to help our project by offering an exchange opportunity to children in Fukushima and the rest of the country that would allow them to experience photovoltaic power generation through an investment made as part of its social contribution activities. We are grateful to Toshiba for its support and trust. Today, we invited children from the local community to begin learning through hands-on experience; everything started from Toshiba’s support.
This facility currently allows elementary school students to learn about photovoltaic power generation through hands-on experiences, and we plan to provide education to other people on weekends and holidays as well as to enable participants to experience types of non-solar natural energy. We hope that Toshiba will send some of its many experienced engineers with technical abilities to serve as lecturers and extend its cooperation by offering creative ideas for programming. We hope that these children become engineers someday. They will certainly be a precious asset both for Japan and Toshiba. We will continue this project sustainably going forward.

Comments from people involved in the project (Takeshi Yokota and Keisuke Omori of Toshiba Corportation, and Eiju Hangai of Fukushima Reconstruction Solar Co.)

Comments from people involved in the project (Takeshi Yokota and Keisuke Omori of Toshiba Corportation, and Eiju Hangai of Fukushima Reconstruction Solar Co.)

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