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Apr 8, 2011
Panasonic Gobel Indonesia (PGI) and SANYO Sales Indonesia (SSI), which are sales companies of the Panasonic Group, held a press conference in the PGI site on March 30, 2011 and announced they will conduct trial operation of two “Life Innovation Containers” developed for areas with no electric power supply in developing nations for a year from April 2011 through March 2012. Guests including former Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla who is currently the chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross attended the press conference, as well as 45 members from the media. President Suganuma of PGI stated in his opening speech: “By supplying electricity with the Live Innovation Containers to areas with no power supply, we can achieve a sustainable society based on the integration of Panasonic Group's technologies to “create,” “store,” and “conserve” energy and our wide range of eco-products. Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world, and if every household implements solar power generation, a significant amount of energy reduction can be expected.”
(Left) Life Innovation Containers installed in the PGI site
(Right) Off-grid (stand-alone type) solar power generation system for areas without power supply mounted in the container
The Life Innovation Container mounts 18 units of Panasonic's solar power generation system “HIT solar cells,” 48 accumulator batteries, and a power control device, and supplies an average of 6.7 kWh of electricity per day. Because the system can supply power even after 3-4 days without sunshine, the major features of the Life Innovation Container are that it can provide electricity all year round regardless of season and it can be transported/installed anywhere. In addition to uses in medical and education sectors and communication facilities, application in accordance with local needs such as in retail stores are assumed, and contribution to achieving “improved lifestyles” and a “sustainable society” in electricity-less areas can be expected.
Indonesia experienced a massive earthquake in the Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra in October 2010, followed by the eruption of Mount Merapi in central Java. Relief activities for the disasters are currently in action. After utilizing the Containers for reconstruction of those affected areas, Panasonic plans to visit exhibitions, authorities, communities, and areas without power supply to do a traveling exhibit to demonstrate Panasonic Group's technologies of energy “creation," “storage,” and “conservation.” Additionally, another Container that was scheduled for trial operation in Tanzania was donated to Miyagi Prefecture, an area catastrophically damaged by the tsunami after The Great East Japan Earthquake. The Container is now installed and in operation at a local gymnasium, Bay Side Arena, in Minami-Sanrikucho.