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An outline of Japan’s overall solar market performance

Japan is the world’s 3rd largest economy. Logically, anyone would expect it to be a global powerhouse in matters concerning solar energy. Reports show that the global solar market continues to grow steadily despite the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020 alone, the global solar capacity stood at approximately 7,604 Gigawatts. What contribution does Japan’s solar market contribute to the total solar production capacity?

Japan’s overall solar market size and production capacity

According to a recent study, Japan ranks 5th  with a solar installation capacity of approximately 82 Gigawatts per year. As a solar installer or industry professional, you must admit that this is an overwhelming achievement especially considering Covid-19 disruptions. Still, Japan’s solar capacity is most likely to improve owing to several factors, including

  • Implementation of favorable policies and regulatory frameworks
  • Significant contracts and collaborations extended by the Japanese government to local and foreign players in the solar sector
  • Good financial support frameworks.

At the moment, Japan is home to some of the world’s leading solar product producers and distributors. That said, it is pretty easy to import or export various categories of solar products to and from the Japanese solar market. The Japanese government has passed favorable regulations and invested heavily in infrastructure, including ports and reliable transport networks. Some major Japanese ports that are worth mentioning include Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Kobe. 

All you need to succeed in this market is a clear vision, sufficient resources, and a reliable partner. Are you a solar installer or a solar professional pursuing success in the Japanese solar market?  I can confidently assure you that choosing SolarFeeds as a partner will propel your business to the next level. All it takes to receive a quote is a short visit to our website’s inquiry page. Consider us as the dependable, time-conscious partner you’ve been searching for.  

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Nickel Iron Battery

What is a Nickel Iron Battery?

A Nickel-iron battery is a rechargeable battery used for storing electric power. A Nickel-Iron(NiFe) battery contains nickel hydroxide and iron plates. The nickel(III) plates have a positive charge, and the iron plates have a negative. Each cell of this battery gives about 1.2 V of nominal voltage.

These batteries have cell durability of more than 30 years with repeated deep discharges. The slow power discharge is because the solubility of the reactants in the electrolytic solution is significantly low.

What are the applications of a Nickel Iron Battery?

Nickel Iron batteries find their application in various fields for power storage. Some of them are,

Solar Applications: The robust nature of NiFe batteries makes them suitable for solar power production. In solar applications, these batteries can fully charge in 4 hours and take overcharges and deep discharges.

Car Headlights: Due to the low self-discharge rate of only 20% to 30%. NiFe batteries produce current in the car’s electrical system and run the air conditioning.

Electrical Engines: Metro train propulsion systems in the United Kingdom and North America use Nickel Iron batteries.

How does a Nickel Iron Battery work?

Charging: The charging of the batteries takes place in the potassium hydroxide solution. Oxygen gets transferred from one plate to another. The anode is super oxidized, while the cathode has less oxidation.

Discharging: In a closed circuit, the Nickel iron battery experiences deoxidation on the positive side. While the oxidation of Iron plates, the charge starts to flow through the electrical circuit. Oxygen naturally gets attracted to Iron, forming the iron oxide.

What are some big brands of Nickel Iron batteries?

Iron Edison is one of the largest Nickel Iron battery manufacturers and suppliers in the USA. Some of the other manufacturers of Nickel-iron batteries are:

  • Battery Solutions, LLC
  • HBL America, Inc.
  • Digi-Key
  • U.S. Materials Handling Corp.

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